Thursday, July 22, 2010
Last Saturday when I took my two grandsons swimming at the local pool at the park, one of the lifeguards sounded an alarm, dove into the pool, and pulled out a young boy who looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. I didn't see the boy flailing or exhibiting the signs of distress that I would have expected of a person who was drowning. His head and eyes were above the water, but I don't recall seeing whether his mouth was above or below the water. Although he was staying in the middle of the pool and wasn't progressing toward the side, he looked calm to me, and I wouldn't have noticed there was a problem. Apparently (thank goodness!), the trained lifeguard saw something I didn't.
The boy was okay, and I was impressed with how fast the rescue team came from the office area and how the other lifeguards got everyone else out of the pool during the incident.
Just a few minutes ago I came across this article titled "Drowning Looks Different than You Think." If, for some reason, this link doesn't work when you copy and paste it into your browser, try doing a yahoo search with that title. It's definitely worth reading and sending to your friends and loved ones who go swimming.