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5 ways you might be missing a drowning victim

Mouth below water level

A drowning victim’s head would be tilted back with his or her mouth just under the water.

A person’s head position in the water is important information while trying to determine if they need help. In most cases, someone that is drowning will have his or her head tilted back with the mouth open and just below the water level. Unlike what one may expect to see, the victim’s head would not bob up and down in the water.

References

  1. Pediatrics. Prevention of Drowning.

Comments

  1. Excuse if you take this the wrong way, but the title states “no arm waving” shouldn’t it read “know arm waving”?

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    1. Hi, Katy! One of the unfortunate ways people don’t recognize drowning is because the victims frequently don’t wave their arms. Instead they just slip under water. So it’s actually “no” waving visible.

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