Do you think you know the signs of someone drowning in distress? It is not what it may seem like in the Hollywood movies. It is depicted as flailing, yelling, and screaming for help, but in reality this is not the case. Drowning is often silent, quick, and deadly. Unless you are a professional that is aware of the signs of drowning, you may not recognize it.
When a victim is drowning, they do not have the time, energy, or air to call for help. Often times, you will not see flailing of the arms or big splashes to get attention. Drowning victims are not loud, they wont make a sound. That is why drowning is quick and silent.
Throughout his career Manny was a lifeguard. He thought he knew all he needed to know about how to swim or help save a life from someone that was drowning, but unfortunately he did not. It was under the extreme circumstances that he was in that made the situation difficult. He was under stress, adrenalin, fatigue, and using all his endurance.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Victim will tilt their head back to attempt to breathe and get air.
Someone who is drowning is trying to keep their mouth level with the water because the are trying to get air. The mouth will bop up for air and back down under the water.
Pressing down on the surface of the water allows drowning people to use their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
A drowning victim's eyes will appear glassy/empty.
When a victim is drowning there is almost always no supporting wall or kick, but they will stay in the water upright as they are trying to rise above the surface.
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