Usually drownings happen in freshwater lakes, rivers, streams, backyard swimming pools, or at the beach. To know how to avoid drowning could take you a long way. You need to start building a survival plan to be prepared when and if you find someone drowning, and helping them. Same goes for you individually.
When someone starts to drown, a small amount of water has already entered the lungs. This will create a spasm in the trachea which causes your throat to close. When the airway closes up , there is no way for air or water to come through.
When a person begins to drown, a very small amount of water enters the lungs. This tiny amount triggers a spasm in the trachea muscles, which then causes the throat to close. Once the airway seals up, there is no way for air or water to get through. This is why people who are drowning usually are unable to scream for help.
Here are the signs and symptoms of drowning and near drowning:
Head is below water, covering the mouth.
Head tilts back with the mouth open wide
Eyes look glassy, empty and unfocused.
Fear is in the Eyes wide open
Gasping for Air
Trying to swim but not moving
Rolling over on their back to float
When you are about to rescue someone from drowning, becareful you don’t become a victim yourself. When you see someone drowning make sure you try and reach them with your arm , pole or even a stick you might find around.
If they are too far away, try throwing some type of rope with a ring attached to it. If that is of no use, then go out to them yourself with some type of boat. Your last resort is to go into the water yourself and swim to them. You should approach them from the back, so they don’t grab you and pull you down from a panicked state.