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#570761 - 04/29/18 12:33 AM What does drowning look like?  
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This is quite possibly the most important article I have read for people who are around the water. Please read it. Not for me, but for you friends and family.


Drowning doesn't look like drowning

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#570767 - 04/29/18 05:39 PM Re: What does drowning look like? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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The article is dead nuts on.

Years ago we were gathered around my mothers pool. My girlfriend and a couple of other ladies were sitting on the edge of the pool where the steps came out in a little cove area. They were forming a circle around the young son of my closest friend as he played on the steps.
I glanced over from across the pool and noticed he had stepped off the last step and was now in water over his head. His hand was barely breaking above the waters surface.

Adrenaline is an amazing substance. I cannot recall getting up from the lounge chair I was in or sprinting towards the pool. The only thing I remember was vaulting across the width of the pool and thinking for a moment I may overshoot. My feet landed inches from where he was in the pool and I scooped him out in a fashion that nearly emptied the pool. He came up sputtering and crying. None of the ladies, all within four feet of him, had noticed he had stepped off the final stair.

Still get teary eyed when I think of it. It's be 30 years.....


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#570768 - 04/29/18 06:46 PM Re: What does drowning look like? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Similar story from our pool two years ago. Our then 3 year old grandson had been in the pool with his life jacket on. He came out of the pool, his mom took off his life jacket and dried him off with a towel while seated on the edge of the pool. Before anyone knew it, he had stepped off the edge of the pool into 3' of water which was over his head. His mom grabbed him up by the arm and jerked him up out of the water. She was so shaken up by hit she had to go into the house to cry and settle down.

Now the rule is "If you can't swim at least the length of the pool you can't be inside the pool fence without your life jacket on.

We've had a couple of other young kids throw a bit of a hissy fit about having to wear a life jacket when they're just sitting around the pool, but hey, them's the rules. If you don't like them, go sit in the grass outside the fence.

There is ZERO tolerance to that rule.


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#570769 - 04/29/18 07:42 PM Re: What does drowning look like? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Also read alot recently about dry drowning where the victim dies several days later after ingesting water.


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#570772 - 04/29/18 08:29 PM Re: What does drowning look like? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Both of my boys are life guards and my oldest son is a certified lifeguard instructor. We’ve chatted a few times about what a lifeguard is looking for while in the chair. It’s serious stuff.

My youngest pulled someone out last summer. Really shook him up.


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#570773 - 04/29/18 08:55 PM Re: What does drowning look like? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC,
Thank you for a timely reminder. I like your life jacket rule while around the pool. I'll be passing that along.


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#570784 - 04/30/18 01:00 PM Re: What does drowning look like? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Very scary stuff. Can happen so fast. Life jackets are a great idea for younger kids.


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#570789 - 04/30/18 11:37 PM Re: What does drowning look like? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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For those of you who are in boating clubs or yacht clubs, you might suggest they put that story or the link in their newsletter. Also an article about electrical shock drowning.


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