When Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Just read this now. You’ll thank me for it (actually, thank Mario for it).

  1. #1 by e7ililoggipa1979 on 2012.09.17 - 5:34 am

    Reblogged this on Justin Lynch Diary.

  2. #2 by trixie on 2012.07.01 - 3:54 am

    Is there.com drowning?

  3. #3 by xeroxcopy on 2012.06.30 - 3:07 pm

    If drowning in the lakes undertow doesn’t get you the algae will, save yourself a bad case of diarrhea and just stick to a pool with a lifeguard!

  4. #4 by xeroxcopy on 2012.06.30 - 3:05 pm

    If the undertow or drowning doesn’t get you the green algae scum will. Better off sticking to a pool with a lifeguard, who knows what crap (literally) your swimming in out in the lake.

  5. #5 by xSnoopy on 2012.06.30 - 6:07 am

    Great information!
    If your a swimmer and see that, jump in and pull the person in. Believe me, they will thank you.
    If your not a swimmer, then pass the information on to someone who is. No sense in having 2 victims.
    If you are a swimmer:
    If possible, ALWAYS bring a flotation device with you! A life jacket, a boogie board, a noodle anything that will help them (and you) to float.
    NEVER approach the person, head on, any closer than his/her arms length unless your SURE that they are not a threat to drown you also.
    Once your sure they wont pull both of you down when they discover your there, use the float and pull them out of the water.
    If they are thrashing around, and your not equipped to handle that problem, try to get someone with rescue experience!
    If you have to approach them, never, NEVER get within arms reach when facing them!
    Poke them in the upper chest with the flotation device. Its human instinct to grab something that touches them in that situation.
    Once they get a hold of the flotation device, it should calm then down enough for you to talk to them. After that it should be simple.
    If you absolutely have no choice and they are thrashing around, approach them from behind.
    Grabbing hair and towing them is an option, but not a good one.
    The cross chest carry is the way I would bring them in to shore. If your right handed, use your left across their chest and grab them under their right arm. to hold them.
    REMEMBER, fresh water is a lot less buoyant than salt water.
    A couple more pieces of advice. If you do not know how to swim, LEARN! If your kids do not know how to swim, GET THEM LESSONS!
    Even if you and your kids are swimmers, NEVER get into a boat unless ALL of you have life vests on.
    There is a boat ramp near Orlando that has a drop off of 20 feet out a few feet. Its marked on the ramp. In the last 2 years 2 people have drowned while pushing a boat out into the water. The last guy went down and never came back up. A few weeks of training, when he was a kid and he would be alive today.
    I learned when I was five. Never regretted my parents insisting I did.

  6. #6 by Lady_Tigrane on 2012.06.29 - 9:33 am

    I’m goin this week on vacation to do a bit of swimming, and attempting to acclimate my new german shepherd to the water. I plan on stopping by Petsmart to pick him up a “doggie lifejacket”, however if the lake erie waves go above 2 ft, I stay out of the water. When considering water safety, also keep in mind our canine family members.

  7. #7 by Kayleigh Lace on 2012.06.28 - 4:55 pm

    They had this in Reader’s Digest, I remember reading this. Definitely a good thing to re-read and keep in mind!

  8. #8 by scroogeverseMrScrooge on 2012.06.28 - 3:13 pm

    I almost drowned when I was a teenager. I was out in the water to where I could stand up and something shifted and down I went. All I could do was try to bob up enough to breathe. Thankfully my brother noticed and dragged me out when I was unresponsive. I bet he doesn’t even remember it. I’ve never gone back in the water since.

  9. #9 by NV on 2012.06.28 - 5:54 am

    God for sake if something like this would happen, with the new baby on the way and having a pool at our house it is good to be prepared. Thank you and Mario for sharing.

  10. #10 by SaltySilver on 2012.06.26 - 10:14 am

    Nice to know. Thanks

  11. #11 by Jane Meyers on 2012.06.26 - 8:26 am

    That’s very useful information… thank you.

  12. #12 by Soledadnegativa on 2012.06.26 - 7:34 am

    Thanks for the insight because the obvious is often overlooked.

  13. #13 by Aime on 2012.06.26 - 6:46 am

    Thank you MW and Mario

  14. #14 by Yarndoll on 2012.06.26 - 5:15 am

    Thank you! Learned something new and I love swimming.

  15. #15 by mimi06 on 2012.06.26 - 3:21 am

    Summer brings many to our open waters. Children/camps especially. Lets all hope our lifeguards and camp counslers are aware. Well written article . thanks will share. 🙂

  16. #16 by MademoiselleFifi on 2012.06.25 - 8:56 pm

    ty to you and Mario

  17. #17 by toufovou on 2012.06.25 - 8:47 pm

    I am actually thanking both you and Mario

  18. #18 by SNIPERBAIT on THERE on 2012.06.25 - 7:45 pm

    Thanks for this. Have a 4 year old and was definately something worth knowing.

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