Thirty people have drowned in the last two weeks, the latest being an 83-year-old man who drowned while bathing at a beach in Sueca, Valencia province. Five children died by drowning last week alone. A spokesman for the State Association of Victims of Domestic Accidents said the solution in the case of the children was simple: “Their parents should keep a tighter watch on them.” He said most of the children who drowned were aged between one and four years. He said this age group is especially at risk because they usually do not know how to swim and should never be left alone on the beach or near a swimming pool. He said inflatable swimming pools were especially dangerous: “They don’t look so big but a child or children left alone in one can easily drown.” On average, between 70 and 150 children die by drowning in Spain each year.


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