Drowning - the facts!

7 years ago

Well, I didn't feel compelled to go to the lake today, as I'm not all that confident about my safety out there on the water.  So instead, I went to lunch with my 3.5 year old friend (who I teach swimming to) and her mother. After returning all too grateful for the fun I had engaging in Dani's "make believe world", I got to thinking about how fortunate I am that out of all the swim instructors out there, I get to be hers!  Not only is she one of the sharpest tools in the shed, but with all the charm she possesses, it takes me about a half a day later before I realize that I have just been completely manipulated by this adorable princess.  I guess in a way she reminds me of my own daughter, way back when she was a princess herself.  It will be interesting to see what Dani's all about when she hits twenty.

Anyway, over the years, I have been compelled to cut out stories of drownings and near drownings out of my morning paper to help my water safety & rescue students dissect what went wrong and why.  There have been many  sad stories over the years, but every now and then, you get one with a happy ending!

July 20, 2010 there was a happy ending.  It was just shy of 11:00am when the mother of a 2 year old boy lost track of her son for a short amount of time.  When she looked at the pool, she saw ripples expanding out on the water's surface.  Upon seeing the boy on the bottom of the pool, she jumped in and pulled him out.  Her husband then took over and began performing CPR.  It wasn't long after, when the child began coughing up water and was breathing on his own.

Now, this was not all that interesting a story I acknowledge.  However, besides the happy ending part, there were two things that drew my attention to it, both of which saved this young boy's life.  First, the mother's quick affiliation between the ripples on the water, and concluding she would find her son in the pool upon looking further.  I thought this woman put it all together pretty fast!  Secondly, the fact that the father knew how to perform CPR, and did so, which saved his son's life.  Those ripples could have been from a number of other things, beginning with a bird dropping their small load into the pool, as he flew over, to a large insect landing on the water for a quick drink.  Regardless, this mother followed her instinct and found her child in time!

Did you know :

The state of Florida has the largest number of drownings annually?

The month of July has the highest rate of drownings nationwide?

What you should know by now:

Drowning is a silent death and it can happen in the time it takes a person to use the restroom, answer the telephone or the front door

CPR (especially if you are responsible for children, non-swimmers of any age, and the elder.

Tomorrow, tune into my blog, as I walk you through the newest guidelines of CPR, and share some of the most surprising stories of drownings I have collected over the years.

Until then, you can go to my website: watersafewatersmart.com and order your copy of Water Safe! Water Smart! Staying alive under five and then some to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

Have another glorious day, and put a few moments aside to give a child some of your unconditional attention - they have so much to share!

-Linda Brown!

 

 

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