GUYS, THIS IS IMPORTANT. I’ve been a lifeguard for four years, and I didn’t fully appreciate this until a little kid jumped into the shallow end of the lap pool. He wasn’t flailing. His eyes were wide in panic and h would try and push himself off the bottom, but the water was right over his head. It took me a couple seconds to register what had happened, and fortunately, another swimmer right beside the kid managed to grab him when he saw my reaction.
Could one of y’all make an image description? I’m not up to writing one.
Title: What Drowning Really Looks like
Image: A man in the water, flailing his limbs and panicking
Many people think this is what drowning looks like, but thrashing in the water is actually a sign of aquatic distress. This person is in trouble but can still take part in their own rescuer by grabbing onto something. After this point the Instinctive Drowning Response sets in. The person’s mouth bobs above and below the water and they press down on the water laterally to try to stay above it, and thus they cannot wave or yell for help. So be sure to look for these 10 quieter signs of drowning instead.
Each of the following descriptions includes an illustration showing what the sign of drowning looks like. In order, going from left to right, with the top row first, they are:
Head low in the water, mouth at water level
Head tilted back with mouth open
Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
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
Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder
I hope that helps, if I’ve made some sort of formatting error, please feel free to edit it. That goes for anyone. :)