Apparently, not only does the media give us all an incorrect idea about what happens to cars that crash into things, but also a dangerously incorrect idea about what people look like when they’re drowning.
I don’t swim very often, I don’t have kids, and I’m probably less likely than lots of you to encounter someone who is drowning. But since the summer is warming up — well, not here, we’re actually quite chilly right now — but basically the summer must be warming up in lots of other places, and no doubt someday we’ll get sunshine here, too. So I thought I would pass this along to you all.
People who are drowning apparently do not wave their arms, splash madly, and shout for help. They just quietly drown, often very close to their parents or friends, who don’t notice until it’s too late.
You should click through and read the whole article if you’re into water sports. But briefly, here is how it looks when someone is drowning:
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
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 happened across the link at Harry Connely’s blog, btw.