(WXYZ) - It can be hard to hear about the crashing waves, and even hard to see between all the bodies splashing in the water. So, how do you spot someone who is drowning? Do you know what a real drowning looks like?
“I would expect them to be screaming, arms going wildly,” says Steve Hanaford, of Almont.
Donna Lininton of Clintownship says she would expect to see the drowning person’s hands above the water and “screaming for help or calling someone’s name.”
And Betty Caputo of Warren says a drowning person would “…have their arms flailing, lots of water spraying everywhere.”
If you think that’s what a drowning victim looks like, you are dead wrong. If that is what you are looking for when you take your kids to the beach, your children could be in serious danger.
Trained lifeguards know exactly what a real drowning victim looks like. They have to in order to save lives.
Here is what you need to know to spot a drowning victim before it’s too late:
1. Drowning victims don’t scream or call out for help. They are saving their energy to stay afloat.
2. Drowning victims don’t wave their arms wildly. They put their arms out to the side and their heads are titled back.
3. Drowning victims are not leaning forward. They try to stand straight up in the water and push themselves up.
4. Most importantly, drowning is NOT loud and noisy it is silent and swift.
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