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July 7th, 2010
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Drowning doesn't look like drowning

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Date:July 7th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
A rather narrow definition of drowning. Is a person "suffocating" only when they run out of air and start to show the signs of true hypoxia, or as soon as they start indicating they cannot breath?

The information of the less stereotypical signs of drowning is useful. But I would still call a person thrashing about and screaming that s/he is drowning and in need of help "drowning" rather than split hairs on the subject.
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Date:July 7th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
From the article:
This doesn’t mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn’t in real trouble – they are experiencing aquatic distress. Not always present before the instinctive drowning response, aquatic distress doesn’t last long – but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in their own rescue. They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc.

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