10. Dry Drowning Occurs When No Water Enters the Lungs
As many as 90% of drowning deaths are due to water entering the lungs, which causes damage to the lungs’ lining and circulatory distress. However, a different type of drowning – dry drowning – occurs when water does not enter the lungs.
If someone has died due to dry drowning, when an autopsy is done, the lungs will be free of water. To the untrained eye, it may seem that the person did not drown at all. However, the method of drowning is different but still falls under the definition of someone dying while in respiratory distress in the water.