Han Hyon-Gyong, the 14 year old North Korean schoolgirl, drowned in a flood trying to save portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
A pet dog had fallen into a manure tank on a farm. Father Noel (58) and brothers Nevin Spence and Graham (22 and 30) went into the tank to save the dog and each other. All three drowned in the manure.
Submission by Rik van Doorne.
Mendi Altman, a 14-month-old toddler drowned to death in a toilet while visiting family in Brooklyn.
Submission by Rik van Doorne.
Jerome Moody, 31, drowned at a party in New Orleans attended by 100 lifeguards who were celebrating having made it through the summer without a drowning at a city pool.
Maria Pantazopoulos, 30, drowned after being swept away in the Ouareau River just north of Montreal, Canada while wearing her wedding dress for a photography session. Ordinarily, standing near the shore in 15–30 cm (6–12 in) of water for a healthy adult would not be inherently dangerous. However, her water-soaked dress became too heavy, and she was pulled deeper into the river and succumbed to drowning. She had been married only two weeks earlier.
Sunandha Kumariratana, the Queen of Thailand, drowned while her subjects watched because they were forbidden to touch her.
Anton Brieszov was trapped in the lion’s enclosure of Moscow Zoo when the ladder he climbed down to retrieve a toy dropped by his child toppled over. He managed to outrun the lions and climb to safety. He then jumped into a moat surrounding the enclosure and, being a non-swimmer, drowned.
10-year-old Johnny Jackson went to a local swimming pool with his family in Goose Creek, South Carolina, walked home, and even took a bath before he died of what doctors called “dry drowning” at the time.
Tommy Mollo fell off the back of a boat in Long Island, New York, climbed out on his own, but died from drowning three hours later. Doctors say this happens when a person nearly drowns and water enters the lungs. They are rescued but that water intake can cause difficulty breathing as much as 48 hours later.
Robert V. Miletta, 47, from Joliet, Illinois died from a heart condition while on his way to a store to buy a pump to drain his pool where a 4-year-old boy drowned 2 days before that.
Two married police officers from Saratov region, Russia, drowned in feces. A 35-year-old officer whose name was withheld, was repairing the sewer system in his house in the village of Tarkhany. While working, he busted a hole in the 4-meter-deep cesspool, but then suffocated from the fumes rising from it. His wife, who was also a police officer, tried to pull him out, but fainted from of the fumes, fell into the cesspool and drowned.
Reiss Morgan, 15, from Brentwood, Essex, UK died trying to ‘break his own record’ for holding his breath underwater.
Arthur Sexton, 80, drowned after falling off a step ladder and landing upside down in a water butt containing only a couple of feet of water.
Anthony Hensley, 37, from Des Plaines, Illinois drowned after his kayak was capsized by a swan, which then blocked him from escaping to shore.