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Most cases of drowning are the result of drinking alcohol or poor supervision. In seas and rivers, tides and currents are also important hazards and can cause even strong swimmers to drown. In spas and pools, drowning can result from hair or body parts getting caught in inlets and outlets. The clarity of the water can also be a factor. In murky water, people may not see that someone needs help. Overcrowded swimming areas present a similar problem.
Water-based recreational activities can also result in a variety of injuries. Diving or jumping into waters of unknown depth can lead to serious injuries, including spinal injury, which may ultimately result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. Diving into shallow water is the most common cause of spinal injuries. More common, but usually less severe, are injuries arising from discarded glass, cans and needles on beaches or near bathing areas, or injuries from slipping on wet surfaces around pools.