Our nephew (6 at the time) almost drowned on our wedding morning. There was loads of adults around but they thought he was just playing around under the water like the several other kids in the pool that morning. Then a cousin felt something wasn't right and jumped in fully clothed to grab him out. She got him in time. He'd been going to swimming lessons for close to 2 years 12 months prior to the incident too.
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22-12-2013 10:54 #71Senior Member
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22-12-2013 12:25 #72-
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I cannot tell this to ppl enough...most ppl think when someone is drowning they will splash about, WRONG it's very silent.
My dh and ds 6 at the time we're swimming in a waterhole and dh took ds out on a sandbar which was deep but he was able to stand....then dh swam off and ds stepped off the sandbar and that was it...he was under and dh wouldn't have known had I not been standing there watching them...omg I screamed at dh to get ds. Dh, grrrrr I was so mad at him and I think he was in shock himself at how quick and silent it was. Thankfully ds was fine and is now 14 and loves swimming but he won't go out of his depth.
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22-12-2013 21:17 #74
Well I guess the majority who read this will take the message it's trying to deliver...
23-12-2013 07:24 #75
I think it's because sometimes, an adult is watching a few kids in the pool and if they are standing there scanning all the kids and they are looking for splashing/calling for help/movie-style drowning, then they are at risk of missing a drowning right in front if them, even though they are focused and watching.
Obviously, that's only one scenario and if the supervisor isn't focused, it's a moot point. But, I think it's like so many things, we need to be conscious of the dangers. Like "forgotten baby syndrome", being aware can save a life and being too cocky can be life-threatening.
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