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5 ways you might be missing a drowning victim

No arm waving

Drowning victim’s are unable to wave for help, instead trying desperately to keep their body from sinking under the water.

You may think waving for help would be the first sign of someone on the verge of death, but that’s not the case for a drowning victim. While a victim’s hands are tied up pushing down on the water to try to keep his or her head above the water, they would have no time to wave for help.

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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