We have posted information about rip currents in the past and how to avoid drowning. Obviously, rip currents aren’t the only time a drowning can occur. We live on a barrier island with water all around us. The important question is, do we know how a drowning person will react?
Recently, Soundings, a blog for boaters, published an interesting article about drowning and how to identify someone you suspect is drowning. The article was first published in a Coast Guard magazine.
- There isn’t a lot of splashing and yelling, it is a quiet event.
- Most of the time, the drowning person can’t call out for help. They are working hard just to breathe.
- Drowning people don’t always wave their arms, they are just trying to stay afloat.
- It can be an undramatic event, not as portrayed in movies or on TV.
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