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A Look At What Drowning Really Looks Like

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 08:31 AM CDT

We've seen it in the movies. A person starts screaming and flailing their arms as they drown in a nearby body of water. However, in a real life situation drowning can be quick and silent.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children ages 1-14. Now that school is out for summer and local pools are filling up, it's important for everyone to be able to recognize the signs of drowning to make it easier to spot it when you see it.

Ken Nicolas, member of the United States Lifesaving Association, says a person will have a look of surprise on their face, their head will tilt back, they'll be vertical in the water, their legs won't be kicking and their hands will look like they're climbing a ladder.

To see what drowning looks like, click the link above.

Austin non-profit Colin's Hope works to educate the public on water safety and drowning preparedness. Alissa Magrum, Executive Director of Colin's Hope, says before you swim look for a safe environment. You should ask yourself, is there a floatation device nearby? Is there a lifeguard on duty? Should my children be wearing a life jacket? But Magrum says the best way to prevent drowning is through constant supervision.

Colin's Hope envisions a world where children don't drown. You can test your water safety knowledge by taking this quiz.

By Ashley Miller

A Look At What Drowning Really Looks Like


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