One of the scariest things for a parent or onlooker to imagine while near any amount of water is for a person to be in danger and start to drown. I found an extremely important article that I feel everyone should read, especially since there are so many people near pools during the summer.
Drowning doesn't look like what you would expect! This article gives a story of just such an occurrence and other signs to look for.
I copied some of the warning signs to look for from the article in the even you don't feel it important enough to read the original article (which you should!).
Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:
- Head low in the water, mouth at water level
- Head tilted back with mouth open
- Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
- Eyes closed
- Hair over forehead or eyes
- Not using legs—vertical
- Hyperventilating or gasping
- Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
- Trying to roll over on the back
- Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder
I have a personal connection with the article because, I too, once saved a person drowning and it is true that they do not look like what you would expect them to. There is no thrashing or splashing and very often they are not even able to vocalize they need help. A natural instinct when in danger in water is to try to put your arms straight out away from your body to try to help stabilize you and get you to float. When I did help the person, in life-threatening danger, they were bobbing up and down but they were unable to say anything or splash. I was able to see the top of their head within two inches of the surface of the water as well. Age does not play a factor in who can drown either.
According to much research done, the statistics show that the majority of drowning incidents occur right around parents that do not even realize what is happening. So please, share this information with everyone because there are so many lives that could be saved just in realizing you don’t have to look the way Hollywood portrays in movies- that a drowning is an animated splashing loud occurrence, but quite the opposite.