MARION COUNTY, OH (WCMH) – May 29 will mark three years since 21-month-old Jaylynn Adamson died in a tragic drowning accident. It was also the same day her baby brother was born.
As the summer heats up and the swimming season begins, the child’s mother is raising awareness, trying to prevent it from happening to another family.
Jaylynn wandered into a pond back in 2015, only to be found by family members a short time later. Her mom and dad were at the hospital when it happened, getting ready to welcome their second child, Zander, into the world.
“We got a phone call. She had been missing from the home and they found her in our family pond, unresponsive,” said Jaylynn’s mother Ciera Adamson. “We want to make sure that parents don’t have to go through what we have gone through.”
Since then, the Adamson’s have made it their mission to bring awareness to water safety. For the fourth year in a row, they’ll be raising money for kid’s swim lessons at the Lincoln Park Family Aquatic Center through the Fly High Jaylynn Memorial Run, held on August 11th.
“They will be producing swim lessons in her memory for local children,” said Ciera. “Swim lessons used to be $20 and we’ve been able to reduce that down to $5 per child.”
Ciera said drowning is preventable and wants to make sure every child has the opportunity to learn how to be safe around water.
“I feel that if Jaylynn had been introduced to the water and the routine that we want to be introduced to the young kids, her life could’ve been saved and I don’t want another person to go through this,” she said.
Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. In 2016, 43% of childhood drownings happened in open water.
“May is water safety awareness month and it’s not talked about as near as much as it should be…It (drowning) happens more than people realize,” said Ciera. “Let’s get that out there. We need to prevent it.”
Water Safety Tips:
- Top tips about swimming safety (https://www.safekids.org/poolsafety)
- Preparing for open water swimming (http://makesafehappen.com/articles/open-water)
- Hidden hazards of open water (https://www.safekids.org/research-report/hidden-hazards-exploration-open-water-drowning-and-risks-kids)