Sunday, 4 July 2010
Now that Summer is upon us, and a lot of us are likely to be close to water, I'd like to pass this around:
Drowning doesn't look like drowning
Briefly, when someone is drowning, they don't follow the movie and TV approach of yelling and screaming and waving their arms in the air. They are silent, and it takes someone who is alert and has knowledge of the drowning response to spot it. Half of the children who drown every year do so within 25 yards of a parent. In ten per cent of cases, the adults nearby actually watch them drown, unaware of what is happening.
"And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why."
Read the article, and you may be able to help someone this summer who is in danger of losing their life. I have been a swimmer all my life, and I never knew this.
And pass it on.
(Thanks to Subrosa, once again.)