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What Drowning Really Looks Like

It’s summertime, so people are going to be stripping down and hanging out in bodies of water way more than usual, and with the act of swimming, or in some cases floating,  comes the inevitable conclusion that some people are going to drown.

Drowning people tend to look an awful lot like swimming people, so how are you supposed to tell when someone is a drowning person and not a swimming person?

Consult this handy infographic, brought to you by The Art of Manliness, so you’ll never wonder again whether that person flopping around in the water is a swimming person or a drowning person, and you’ll know which facial expression is the appropriate response to their predicament!

All kidding aside- the point of this infographic is to illustrate that drowning people don't always look like they're in distress, so keep your eyes open for signs of danger and swim safe this summer.

-Via Lifehacker


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Last year I watched a 12-year-old child in a pool with other similar-aged children start to act like this even though she was literally 2" from the ladder at the side of the pool. Trained in water safety, I knew what I was looking at but was momentarily so surprised because of the location (and the apparent swimming ability of the child up to that point) that it took me a few seconds to comprehend it was really happening. Fortunately her "appears to be climbing an invisible ladder" bumped into the actual ladder so I didn't have to haul her out after all, but I did make her rest for a bit while I explained to her what had happened and that I was literally right over her ready to grab her so she was not actually in danger. She told me she could feel she was drowning and she couldn't understand why no one heard her screams. She was entirely silent at the time....she only imagined she was screaming for help.

I then also talked with all the parents about it. None of them knew it was possible to drown right next to the side of a pool like that. If I hadn't just seen it, I wouldn't have known it either.
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