Lucknow: Swimming is a really fun, healthy activity, but the deal is that it takes place in a water-body that could even take an individual. Drowning usually happens quickly and quietly. According to the CDC reports it is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury and death.
Its yet again that time of the year when families will flock to pools and beaches this season, safety experts caution parents to be aware and watchful of their children. It’s not easy to spot a child or any individual in need.
Look for these signs of drowning when persons are in the water:
- Head low in the water, mouth at water level
- Head tilted back with mouth open
- Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
- Eyes closed
- 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
- Ladder climb, rarely out of the water.
So if a crew member falls overboard and everyone looks O.K. – don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them: “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare – you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. Parents need to be very cautious: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.