Graphs: Number of drowning victims in Latvia

The Latvian summer, seemingly invariably, arrives with people being found in bodies of waters with no sign of life. Two thirds of these are men, with the result that families are stripped of sons, brothers, and fathers who suffered a needless death, reports LTV May 27.

While there's no data for 2017, in 2016 a total 1,172 people suffered different traumas driving bicycles, motorcycles, and cars. Of these, 93 were children up to the age of 9; while 150 of these had been drinking before the accident.

The number of drowned people has been shrinking steadily. In 2017, 131 people were found dead across water bodies in Latvia, but 2014 was the most exacting year with 192 bodies found. But just this past Saturday rescuers pulled five bodies out of Latvian waters. 

"The numbers are definitely larger than they should be. It's true that people in Latvia are less prudent and take more risks. Their knowledge of their health also is not sufficient... In other countries, they discuss safety more, including at schools," said Ilze Straume, the head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Most recently, a 2006-born child was found dead May 27 in Saldus municipality.

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