(Please don't throw babies in pools.)
Maugrim: “[T]hey're staged?”
Computer programmer Francisco Saldaña created the simple educational game spotthedrowningchild.com to help people recognize the deadly situation. A person who is drowning is physiologically incapable of calling out or waving for help – meaning often there is little noise or splash.
In his marine safety guide Mario Vittone, a Coast Guard veteran, describes some things to look for instead:
The individual’s mouth bobs above and below the surface while the body remains upright without evidence of kicking.
The individual’s arms spread to the side and push down against the water to try and push their mouths out of the water.
The videos that Mr. Saldaña used show lifeguards successfully rescuing children from drowning and come from the YouTube channel of the Genesis Project in Charleston County, which aims to reduce the number of drownings in rural areas by providing access to swimming and water safety classes.
mumimor: “ I can't see how the life-guards could permit something like that going on in the lap-pool.”
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