Often, the strength of an adult is still not enough to remove someone trapped by a pool or spa drainage system. Entrapment deaths can also occur when a person’s hair or swimsuit gets tangled in the drain or on an underwater object, such as a ladder. Another type of entrapment is evisceration, caused by the suction when a bather or swimmer sits on an uncovered drain. The powerful suction of the drain can pull a person’s internal organs from the body. It is a serious injury that more often than not results in death.
Entrapments entanglements and eviscerations happen most commonly to children. Children’s public wading pools, other pools designed specifically for young children, and in-ground spas that have flat drain grates and single main drain systems pose the greatest risk of entrapment.