What You Should Know To Save a Life From Drowning

Summer is here and many will be spending time at pools and lakes.

The time to cool off doesn't come without risk.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for younger kids.

Lifeguards say it can take only twenty seconds for a person to drown.

They tell me what you can look for so a tragedy in the water doesn't happen.

Three children die every day from drowning.

One of the leading causes of injury death for kids ages one to fourteen according to the CDC.

Blaise Grant says drowning is typically quiet.
"They can't call out for help and it’s a situation where drownings are usually very quiet. All of the energy they spend is trying to get their head to stay above water and so they get their head above water, take that gasp of air and they exhaust all that energy trying to get the next breath."

What other signs should you should be looking for?

"Factual structure, usually somebody who's in trouble starting to drown are becoming a distressed swimmer is gonna have a very wide-eyed expression. Somebody who is going to be in a very vertical position struggling to keep body and head above water" says Blaise Grant with Casper Recreation’s Aquatic division. "They’re usually leaning backwards."

Grant says the best method of helping is by throwing the victim a preserver and avoid jumping in immediately.

Once the swimmer is on land Grant says"look, listen, and feel. If they're feeling breath against their cheek, if they're seeing the chest rise basically sensing the fact that they are still breathing. It is a sign that they're OK."

I spoke to a life guard here at the YMCA who put her skills to use back in March and saved a life from drowning.

Stephanie Clark a life guard with the Capser YMCA says she had to react fast.

"Had a seizure in the water right after class and so we had to pull her out and she was not breathing and she had aspirated a little bit of water. Her teacher and I got her out of the water and started CPR and she got her color back. She had turned blue and she finally came too with rescue breathing and chest compression and by the time firemen and e-m-s got here she had regained consciousness and knew where she was."

Stephanie says she had adrenaline during the rescue but was proud she had the training to save a life.

Clark says if you notice someone heavily coughing after a swim they may be experiencing secondary drowning.

Stephanie says see a doctor immediately if heavy coughing persists after returning home.



 
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