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Drowning is by far the most common cause of death in national parks. The number of fatal accidents while swimming has increased every year, from 32 in 2007, 31 in 2008, 41 in 2009, 42 in 2010 and 2011, and 45 in 2012, to 59 in 2013. The total number of drownings over this seven-year period, including boat, kayak and rafting drowning, is 365. Only seven of these deaths were the result of rip currents.