My husband sent me this article last week about what real drowning looks like – and it’s not how it appears on TV or in movies.
I wanted to make sure that all mothers and fathers saw it to make us more aware and vigilant this summer as our kids frolic in pools and the ocean. (Email this blog to your mom friends and post it on Facebook. Reading it could save a child’s life. Here is the article in Spanish!)
Mario Vittone has nineteen years of military service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. His writing on maritime safety has appeared in Yachting, Salt Water Sportsman, On Scene, Lifelines, and at the Naval Safety Center’s Online Resource Site. This article is taken from his blog and it describes what is called The Instinctive Drowning Response.
Parents need to understand, according to Vittone, that drowning is deceptively quiet event! There is generally no waving, splashing or yelling that you see on TV or in movies. He reports that “unless rescued by a trained