How to help a Conscious Drowning Person
Drowning can be a very dangerous situation not only for the victim but also for those attempting to rescue people in danger of drowning. You should always refer to a special trained rescuer like a lifeguard to rescue someone by swimming out. The fear of drowning can cause a panic response in victims which can lead to the victim inadvertently dragging the rescuer down with them.
If you do see someone in danger of drowning and you have access to flotation devices like water-boards, pool noodles or something that you can hold out to reach the victim follow these simple steps:
1) lay down flat on the ground to gain an anchor point for your body, spread your legs and firmly brace yourself.
2) Hold out the object so that the victim can grab it.
-Brace yourself and pull the victim towards the edge of the water allowing the victim to secure themselves.
3) Help the victim from the water if safe to do so.
These steps are designed to help you in any emergency. The difference may be someones life.
“This material is for information purposes only and is taken from The Canadian Red Cross / Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation & Alberta Health Services. This information should not be used in place of medical, Technical advice, instructor, and/or treatment. If you have questions, speak to your local Physician or Safety Training Facility.”
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