Drowning Prevention Message From Grieving Mom

Drowning Prevention Message From Grieving Mom
RICHLAND-- Drownings are all too common in our community. We've already had several in the last few weeks.

On Monday a mom who lost her toddler in the family pool is telling her story, hoping her experience can prevent future deaths.

Darla Gambill's daughter died last year in Medford. The family now lives here.

"Do you have five gallon buckets? Do you have a bathtub? Are you near water? Yes, it can happen to you in a heartbeat. It's an epidemic that needs to be stopped and parents need to wake up," said Gambill.

Gambill told Action News she cried the night before Tuesday’s drowning prevention presentation at Howard Amon Park. But says the heart-ache is worth it to help save other lives.

Emergency workers gathered with Gambill for the Kadlec Regional Medical Center event, along with SafeKids.

They want to remind you to never take your eyes off kids when they're near water. Keep them within an arm's length even if they have “floaties”.

Darla says her daughter unlocked a door in the house and slipped into the pool when she thought she was sleeping.

SafeKids says more than 800 kids drown each year in the U.S. and that in 90-percent of those cases someone was supposed to be watching the child.