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Instinctive Drowning Response: Drowning isn’t what you think

Summers in the U.S. are filled to the brim with outdoor activities involving water. Whether in pools, lakes, oceans, or rivers, enjoying a refreshing dip with your loved ones is an American pastime in and of itself. But according to the Coast Guard’s “On Scene Magazine,” drowning is the second-most common cause of death in children younger than 15, and drowning doesn’t always look like what most people expect drowning to look like. A real drowning scenario has very little splashing, and yelling can’t take place because of the nature of something known as the “Instinctive Drowning Response.” Instinctive Drowning Response, classified by Dr. ... Read More

Children drowning deaths peak during July 4 week, CPSC warns

All children should learn how to swim. That was one of the messages conveyed by a public advisory the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued before the Fourth of July holiday week, when the number of summer drowning injuries and deaths peaks. According to CPSC officials, 26 children on average lose their life in pool and spa-related accidents each year in the United States during the week of July 4, when thousands of gatherings take place around private and public swimming pools. The CPSC relied on data compiled by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of ... Read More

Drowning is subtle and unrecognizable to most, unlike movie depictions

“Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people that most people expect,” says former Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone in a story published by Slate. “There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” In fact, Mr. Vittone’s report explains, children sometimes drown right before their parents’ eyes simply because drowning in real life doesn’t resemble the frantic, flailing act people have come to expect from watching dramatized versions on television and in movies. Drowning is actually very undramatic, “deceptively quiet,” and subtle, and it’s usually only ... Read More