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Drowning doesn't look like drowning and most people don't recongize it.

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posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 11:07 AM
I am putting this in the survival forum because most likely you will use this information long before any apocalyptic situation. As I always say, most likely a survival situation will be a situation of one.

How did this captain know—from 50 feet away—what the father couldn’t recognize from just 10? Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew know what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound.

You have heard the stories of children drowning in pools at pool parties, surrounded by adults. It is not that the adults are not always paying attention, it is that part of society where you are not actually taught useful information like this, or civilians are taught to rely on the life guards.

But I have personally been ignored by lifeguards when drowning, you can't always depend on them.

Here is what you need to know what drowning actually looks like:

“Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled before speech occurs.
Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.”

dro wning doesn't look like drowning
edit on 30-12-2013 by nixie_nox because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 30 2013 @ 02:00 PM
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