“Drowning in Corn” by Erika Hayasaki

This year is expected to be the deadliest for corn drownings since 2010, when 31 people died in 59 grain-bin entrapments, according to Professor Bill Field, who for five decades has documented such accidents as part of Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety & Health Program. On average, children and young men under age 21 make up one in five grain-bin accident victims.

Will prepared himself. He figured he had about 30 seconds left before he joined his two friends down under. Both had been trapped beneath the corn for what seemed like the slowest minutes.

Then Will heard a voice. “I’m coming down!”

—from “Drowning in Corn” by Erika Hayasaki (The Atlantic)