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Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning by Mario Vittone

Turley, Angela - Wednesday, June 08, 2011

A great article about recognizing the signs of drowning! As summer approaches and we spend more time outdoors please take a minute to read the article, tuck it in the back of your mind so if you see these signs you will recognize them instantly!

The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

The full article may be found at http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/.

Mario Vittone's website has many great articles about Boating Safety and Water Safety. Mario has nineteen years of combined service in the US Navy and Coast Guard.

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