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Old 14 October 2013, 04:33   #1
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Drowning, a deadly calmness

Here's my occasional warning about drowning:
Salty John : The Blog: Drowning - a deadly calmness
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Old 14 October 2013, 07:41   #2
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Not the most pleasent thing I've ever read but some real good pointers there. Thanks.
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Old 14 October 2013, 08:00   #3
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A family member was walking around a lake a while ago and a lady come up to him and said I think there's a boy in the water, what was there looked like a red waterproof coat or plastic bag but nothing else. If I recall it was in winter and he waded into the lake, as soon as he reached out and touched the object he realised straight away it was a person. He got him to the bank and he wasn't breathing, he checked his airways and blew in one breath and he came round straight away coughing up water. Lucky lad!
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Just to add;

Secondary Drowning (I believe this term is not used/popular nowadays but having witnessed the result 1st hand in 2001 I still refer to it).

Secondary drowning – Inhaled fluid can act as an irritant inside the lungs. Physiological responses to even small quantities include the extrusion of liquid into the lungs (pulmonary edema) over the following hours, but this reduces the ability to exchange air and can lead to a person "drowning in their own body fluid." The reaction can take place up to 72 hours after a near drowning incident, and may lead to a serious condition or death.

Always take a surviving casualty for professional medical treatment and observation. Let a qualified medic make the call as to whether they are "OK".
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A family member was walking around a lake a while ago and a lady come up to him and said I think there's a boy in the water, what was there looked like a red waterproof coat or plastic bag but nothing else. If I recall it was in winter and he waded into the lake, as soon as he reached out and touched the object he realised straight away it was a person. He got him to the bank and he wasn't breathing, he checked his airways and blew in one breath and he came round straight away coughing up water. Lucky lad!
Lucky kid for having 2 people who did the right things...


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Old 14 October 2013, 11:11   #6
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A most informative post. Thankyou.
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Interesting read....

Reminds me of my old boss(who was a part time fireman)and attended a lot of RTA's He always said, 'the ones that are screaming and shouting get looked at last, it's the ones that are silent, that need immediate attention!'
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Old 14 October 2013, 12:43   #8
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shows just how little time it takes to drown. it just opens up the whole lifejacket subject again, but im sure others would agree that when people say 'oh i will be alright without one' they actually wont.
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A very informative post.

Probably a good reason for a few to read the 'features' section as a version of it has been in there for nearly 2 years
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