Drowning is a silent event. Typically, you don’t hear or see someone waving in the water like seen on TV or in the movies. Drowning accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, even in crowded areas. This incident often goes silently until the victim loses fight and gets drowned.
People are who drowning — whether an adult or child — are often too busy trying to breathe and trying to stay afloat to be able to call out for help.
Warning signs include:
Mouth at water level and may alternate between being just above the surface and just below it
Head tilted back as the person tries to float
Eyes glassy or closed
If you suspect a drowning victim, follow these guidelines:
“Throw, Don’t Go”— Never just jump in because a drowning person can accidentally pull their rescuers under with them. Tossing a lifesaving device, rope, towel, or even pool noodle helps the drowning person without increasing risk to others.
Get backup — Alert lifeguards; they’re trained to assist.
Help from behind — When drowning people see a rescuer coming toward them, they clutch and pull them under the water. Approaching them from behind is safer for both the rescuer and the victim.
Use a life jacket — Wearing a Coast Guard-approved life jacket prevents a rescuer from being pulled under by a drowning person or an undercurrent. Life jackets are essential for rescues in water with currents, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans.
drowning is very uncommon,” said Mackie. But it is still important for people to be aware that it can happen even after it seems an accident was avoided.