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Eric Blair

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

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The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

How did this captain know – from fifty feet away – what the father couldn’t recognize from just ten? Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. The captain was trained to recognize drowning by experts and years of experience. The father, on the other hand, had learned what drowning looks like by watching television. If you spend time on or near the water (hint: that’s all of us) then you should make sure that you and your crew knows what to look for whenever people enter the water. Until she cried a tearful, “Daddy,” she hadn’t made a sound. As a former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, I wasn’t surprised at all by this story. Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life.

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The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC). Drowning does not look like drowning .

(read full article on the following link)

http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/

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I ran out of oxygen swimming for a brick in a pool when I was young. When I knew I was really out of oxygen, my body just relaxed and started to chill out and go with it. It wasn't hard to get to the surface, I just couldn't be bothered to get to the surface and took as much time as I wanted, no rush egh....

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I ran out of oxygen swimming for a brick in a pool when I was young. When I knew I was really out of oxygen, my body just relaxed and started to chill out and go with it. It wasn't hard to get to the surface, I just couldn't be bothered to get to the surface and took as much time as I wanted, no rush egh....

My dad can second this - he was once trapped in an eddy after bailing out his canoe, and said it was quite spiritual, very relaxed with bubbles everywhere... then his canoe happened to roll in under him and gave him something to push off from.

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there's a broader point here which is the modern conceit that our media-rich culture has made us better-informed than previous generations yet how much of what we take for granted about the world is wrong since it is "knowledge" that has been acquired via the proxies of hollywood, advertising and the telly; the message being if you've only seen it on TV, then you haven't seen it.

we might in fact be the most deluded generation to have ever lived.

THE MOVIES CLICHES LIST

FIGHTS

Two guys or a bunch of guys go at it, repeatedly bashing each other in the face with massive blows, or hitting each other with chairs, sticks, refrigerators, whatever -- and they go one doing this, sometimes for minutes at a time.

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