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