Preventing drownings after near drowning in Lincoln

Posted By: Nicole Cousins

Imagine you’re giving your toddler a bath.

Suddenly the phone rings, the oven dings, or your other child calls you for help.

You leave the bathroom for just a minute, but when you come back your toddler is under water.

"A child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water,” Nicole Bennett of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation says. “Whenever a child is around water you should be watching them and without any distractions."

Every day 10 people drown in the United States.

The CDC says two of those deaths are age 14 or younger.

They also say drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five.

"Age really doesn’t matter,” Bennett says. “Drowning can happen to anyone anytime anywhere."

Joshua Collingsworth died in his Lincoln family’s pool in 2008.

His parents created "Josh the Otter" and wrote books with tips to help prevent water accidents in all bodies of water.

"Always have a designated water watcher,” Bennett says. “If you have a little bit older child always have them swim with a buddy. And knowing CPR is important."

The most recent near drowning incident in Lincoln happened last night when a mother left her child in the bath tub for a couple minutes.

She returned to find him under water.

Authorities told us the child is in intensive care at a local hospital.

The memorial foundation hopes to one day put an end to child drownings.

“Our hope is that watching your children around water becomes second nature like putting your child in a car seat and clicking the seat belt,” Bennett says.

You can find more information, as well as tools and tips on how to prevent child drownings on