Post # 1
Check out this article I just read. I never knew this! I always thought drowning looked like a person thrashing and calling out for help, just like in the movies.
This, for me, was a very chilling article. Now I know what to look out for next time I go swimming with family or friends. Wow.
Has anyone come close to experiencing this? I’m trying to get my head around the fact that they don’t thrash around and they are literally forced to pretty much stay still. I’ve never been that close to drowning, thankfully. Though I have experienced what the article calls “aquatic distress” but an adult paid attention and rescued me.
One thing is for sure, I’m glad this article came out and that I came across it this morning.
ETA: Sorry guys! For some reason, my link isn’t working for some of you. Weird. Anyway, if you scroll down, other posters have put up a better link to the article.
Post # 3
Holy crow! I had NO idea! Thank you for posting! It’s definitely great information to file away for future reference 🙂
Post # 5
I’m getting an error message “404”…. :
I wandered off in a hot tub thing at a water park… took a bit of a prolonged submerge. My mom thankfully noticed. I was like, 3.
never mind! found it. Good article. I’ll be keeping my eye out.
Post # 6
Very true article! My FI & I had just moved up here less than 2weeks when we saw a man drown in the river in front of us. He was a local firefighter brought in with a big CCC group to fight the widlfires, and they had some down time & were all out drinking & playing in the river. He kept asking his buddies if he should go in the water with his fire pants on & everyone said no way. Next thing we know he’s trying to swim out to the otherside of the river with the pants on, gets caught in the current, and swept away towards us. I knew what was happening immediately & screamed at my FI to wade out in the waist deep water and grab him since he’s an excellent swimmer but it was too late. His friends didn’t even notice until he got right at us, they thought he was playing apparently. When they did notice they told him to roll over on his back & relax & foat. He got maybe 5 feet from FI, went under & we never saw him again. Turns out when he flipped over his pant pockets filled with water & dragged him under. The worst part was his “friends” just standing there staring at the spot he went under while me & FI are yelling at them to call someone or do something. They were just like “oh, that’s it, he’s gone, nothing we can do now”. The Sheriff sent out a rescue swimmer, interviewed us, and they found his body about 2 miles down river underneath a bridge. I make very sure to keep a close eye on everyone of my friends when we are at the river. I usually don’t have that “mama bear” type instict but I don’t ever want that to be someone I know so I’m a hawk at the river.
Post # 7
Oh my gosh, this is terrifying. Thank you so much for posting, this is so important- I can’t believe I had no idea!!!
Post # 8
Try this link.
This is a good thing for any parent to read. It’s also a good reminder that most things in life don’t really happen the way they are depicted in the movies. (Another example that springs to mind is labor and childbirth. We have a really warped cultural image of what a normal childbirth is like, thanks to TV and the movies and the way they dramatize things.)
Post # 9
Here is a better link for those having trouble (like me): article
Definitely scary and I’m glad I read it! My dad saved a kid from drowning in a community pool when we were really little. I’ve always thought of him as a hero because of it. I guess he also knew what to look for!
Post # 10
@LadyBlackheart: I can’t see the article! It says it moved or something!
My uncle drowned in a fishing accident a few years ago. Someone from the Department of Natural Resources told my dad that when a person drowns, they usually experience a state of euphoric calm immediately before death because the body succombs before the brain, if that makes sense. You can still see and think for a few seconds before your brain dies, and something about the adrenaline or hormones causes a peaceful state. This was very comforting to my family to think of.
ETA: I see your new link. Great article. I almost drowned once as a kid, and I remember going through that same process (mouth above head, etc.) It makes me feel short of breath just thinking about it. Thanks SO much for posting this, people need to see it! By the way when I almost drowned I was at a SWIMMING LESSON with two Red Cross lifeguards standing no more than 4 feet away from me and it was my MOTHER who saw me from the other side of the pool.
Post # 11
I actually saved my sister from drowning once. I was ten, she was like two and a half, I think. we were two minutes from leaving the pool so her floaties were off but she still wandered into the pool. She was completely still under the water, no thrashing or gasping. If I didn’t happen to see her, we NEVER would have known! It took two seconds of not paying 100% attention for it to happen,(literally, my aunt turned for two seconds to shove a towel in the pool bag) and no, she didn’t look like she was drowning at ALL. She was fine, luckily, but this is great stuff to know! Scary stuff indeed!
Post # 12
I actually had to rescue my shithead of an ex husband. The moron thought it would be a good idea to tell me he could swim when he really couldn’t, so we went to a 30+ft deep former quarry turned pool. The lifeguard didn’t notice him sinking – I did. But I was trained how to lifeguard on a silt-bottomed lake, so low visibility and lots of kids splashing. The article is absolutely correct. There’s no yelling, and most big arm movement flailing that you’ll see from people are from those who are just fine, and playing around. It’s more of a slow sinking than anything else, and the only way you can really tell that something is wrong is from their face. There’s no mistaking that look.
Working link: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/family/2013/06/rescuing_drowning_children_how_to_know_when_someone_is_in_trouble_in_the.html
Post # 13
I didn’t read the article, but I was a lifeguard for many years and experienced people drowning who you would have no idea were drowning. It is very scary. It’s difficult to tell horseplay from drowning as well. If we had not been trained in looking for signs I would not have realized many people were drowning, luckily we knew the signs and everything was fine.
Post # 14
This happened to me. (Spoiler alert – I didn’t actually drown.)
I was swimming in the Atlantic with a friend. We were just floating on the waves and drifted out. We decided to swim back and go seperated. I didn’t realize that there was a current until I was already exhausted. I up bobbing up and down, wondering if I should wave my arms at the lifeguard but not really comprehending what was happening. I thought, “so this is what happens”. I breathed in some water and tilted my head back to keep my head out of water like it says in the article. I kid you not, I thought, “Lord, please help,” and it immediately occured to me to try to touch the bottom. The water was up to my shoulders. I was exhausted, but was able to walk in to shore (trying to follow the current rather than going straight in).
So, this article has really made me think about what happened. I have little doubt that I would have been the person who drowned in four feet of water. *shivers*
Post # 15
@BeckyS0: Wow, that is so scary! I can’t believe that happened. Poor guy. 🙁 Hopefully his friends learned their lesson and are a lot more responsible now!
@iarebridezilla: Sounds like you have an awesome dad! 🙂
@sablemuse: I’m sorry to hear about your uncle :(. And thank goodness you had a very attentive mother! I can’t believe those lifeguards didn’t notice what was happening. Crazy.
@ASH.: I’m glad you were able to save your sister! That is so scary, how drowning can happen so fast.
@MariContrary: Men. They never want to look “weak”. Smh. I’m glad you were able to rescue him though. And I can’t imagine being a lifeguard on a lake, I feel like that would be so much harder than being a lifeguard at a pool, where the water is much clearer.
Post # 16
@LadyBlackheart: Yeah, he didn’t want to look weak, and I had to drag him 20 feet to where the nearest ladder out. Which the lifeguard didn’t notice either. Lake guarding is scary, it caused me a LOT of stress. There was a lot of “Haven’t seen yellow shorts kid in a bit, looking…looking…ok, there he is” and cursing out kids who played the who can stay underwater and hold their breath the longest game.