Drowning doesn't look like drowning
Since this article came out and was posted on our local API list, a child was saved from drowning. I had NO idea that this was what drowning looked like. I am still a child of the 80's and frantic Jaw's splashing. How silent and deadly. I hope that you pass this on...it just might save a life!
wife - mother - midwife
The more you know, the worse it gets.
When we went through LG training the most important thing they drilled into us was the signs of drowning. Its not about screaming and splashing, its what you DON'T see that is important and body position in the water.
|They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them: “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare – you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.|
Thought I'd add them to this thread.
I've read a couple threads on here and another board recently, and its always a good reminder at this time of year to be vigilant - even (maybe especially!) if there is an actual life guard around, because it can give you, your kids, other people, etc a false sense of security.
Apparently, the little boy slipped off the raft and sunk to the bottom of the pool, and Rain was the only person to see him. She started shouting but I couldn't hear her over the other noise, so I got closer to her and she pointed at the raft and yelled, "Emergency, emergency!"
I realized what had happened, looked quickly at the other moms (who were oblivious - including the boy's mom) and jumped in. He was lying on the bottom of the pool, so I scooped him up and brought him to the surface. He didn't struggle at all, and when we got the the surface he looked a bit startled but was breathing fine... and the other moms were just staring at me.
I tried to explain what had happened but they totally blew it off and just couldn't seem to see that there had been any sort of danger... because it had been so quiet, I guess, until I leapt in and emerged with him. I was shaking, I was so scared. *No one* saw him except Rain. I don't think he was under for more than a few seconds... but it could easily have been many minutes before anyone noticed him there.
ETA: Apparently I told this story in 2004, too!
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
Glad that there's a PSA about it.
I was coming on here to post it now, searched first though and found this.
SAHM to 6