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2 year old boy wearing floaties on his arms and green swim goggles

Tosha Poynor

July 5th 2009, my 2 1/2yr of nephew Michael drowned in my parents pool. We didn’t know by using arm...

Picture of various flotation devices

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Help us compile these stories so that we can advocate for further research into the damage these devices can cause for young children.

Mother and Child sitting on inflatable in pool

Megan O’Toole – Drowning Survivor

"I somehow wondered off and jumped into the condos swimming pool (no lifeguard on duty) I sunk to the bottom not understanding why I wasn’t floating like I normally do, screaming underwater for my mom and dad for help. Then passed out. A young lady saw me floating as she was hanging her towel and rushed down to get me out. "

Anonymous Including Video

"I jumped in and grabbed her as quick as I could. She appeared to be breathing. She immediately coughed up water and then a few seconds later, threw up a lot more water. She started crying for Mommy again which was the greatest cry I could ever hear. We had no idea how long she was in the pool, but we were able to obtain security footage and she was drowning for 48 seconds. This is an eternity for a toddler to be in the water without the ability to swim."

Child sitting by pool with puddle jumper on.

Brianna Smith

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t use these! We are fortunate enough to still have our sweet girl with us, but almost...

Puddle Jumpers/Water Wings lying by the side of a pool

Julie Martin Gause

"I was witnessing the fact that his muscle memory had gone vertical by wearing the puddle jumper. I had to work with him for some time to be able to get his legs back up behind him so that he could swim. I was just shocked! Anyone doesn’t believe these things cause muscle memory to go vertical they do!! Even in a swimming child."

Caroline Barnhill Bonds

We were swimming at my uncle’s house and my daughter was 3 at the time. She had been wearing a...

Boy in pool drowning

April Johnson Page

"As a mom and ER nurse, it was a kick in the gut to what I had allowed to happen. We made new rules that night for when we are around water and we made the decision to find an ISR program in our community."

Holly Sherwood

I have a backyard pool and we enjoy sharing with friends. I can now point out kids who wore puddle...

Brianna Riggs

"I looked at my son who is 4-years-old and he was jumping in the pool without anything on. He almost starts to sink.  I could barely get anything out before my husband jumped in after him. He thought he could just get in and take off without anything on and he was so scared. Thank goodness we were by his side and could get to him!"