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Drowning Is Not What You Think

How to recognise if someone is drowning.

Someone who is drowning:

  • Cannot call for help
  • Does not wave their arms for help
  • May not reach for rescue equipment
  • Stays afloat for only 20-60 seconds before sinking and they might look ok at first glance
  • Sometimes sinks to the bottom immediately


  • Happens quickly and quietly
  • Is not dramatic
  • Generally occurs within 25 yards of other people
  • Is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide

But it CAN be prevented.

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