We all do it. At the pool, the lake or the ocean, we keep a watchful eye on our kids, ready to leap into the water if we see any signs of drowning.
Unfortunately, per an article on gCaptain, the "I'm drowning!" clues most people look for -- splashing, waving, yelling for help -- are pure fiction, things only seen in the movies. The fact is, drowning is often quiet and undramatic.
Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In roughly 10 percent of these tragedies, a parent will actually watch their child drown ... and have no idea it is happening.
"This doesn't mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn't in real trouble -- they are [experiencing] aquatic distress," writes gCaptain's Mario Vittone. "But unlike true drowning [victims], these victims can still assist in [their] own rescue."
Look for these 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