What is drowning?

In accordance to the World Health Organization (2014, Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer) drowning is defined as The process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion / immersion in liquid”.

Global research

World Health Organization:  Global Report on Drowning: preventing a leading killer
Once someone starts to drown, the outcome is often fatal. Unlike other injuries, survival is determined almost exclusively at the scene of the incident, and depends on two highly variable factors: how quickly the person is removed from the water, and how swiftly proper resuscitation is performed. Prevention, therefore, is vital.

Sri Lanka:  Sri Lankan Drowning Report 2014
To coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the Asian Tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka on 26 December 2004, Life Saving Victoria (LSV), the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka and the World Health Organisation are launching the inaugural Drowning Prevention Report for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Plan Sri Lanka
Importantly the first Drowning Prevention Report for Sri Lanka details the current state of affairs and goes a step further to outline the important work that is being done by a number of non-profit organisations, government agencies, armed forces and schools, to prevent drowning, and highlights key areas of focus for the future.