This alarming video footage of a child drowning highlights the danger of swimming in a pool packed full of people. It’s a sobering reminder that drowning never looks like you think it does — and every parent needs to see it!
On any given day, an average of 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Out of those 10, two are children under the age of 14.
As if those statistics aren’t scary enough, it’s been reported that almost half the children who drown die within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. And although it’s hard to believe, that’s exactly what took place in the following story.
It was a beautiful day and there was no shortage of fun in a crowded community wave-pool. Until things took a horrifying turn for the worse.
Approximately 10 seconds into the video footage, a young boy can be seen losing control of his flotation device as he flips over into the water.
Within seconds, a skilled lifeguard spots the drowning young boy and quickly makes her way over to him.
The young heroine lifts the boy so his head is above water then pats him on the back to ensure his lungs are clear.
Once the lifeguard is certain the young boy is OK, she swims towards the side of the pool with the boy clinging on to the rescue flotation device.
Thankfully, this lifeguard’s quick thinking saved the little boy’s life — but countless others aren’t as lucky.
Do you think you would have been able to spot the drowning young boy? Watch the shocking footage in the video below:
As a parent myself, I was shocked how easily it could’ve been to overlook the drowning child. I don’t know about you, but this video is a sobering reminder of just how easily a little one can drown — in a matter of seconds. Thank God for lifeguards!
Unlike in the video above, we don’t always have the luxury of employing a trained lifeguard at all times. As we enjoy these hot summer months at the pool, it’s important to remember the fundamentals of swimming safety.
POOL SAFETY GUIDELINES:
Have a Portable Telephone Close By at All Times. Knowing CPR isn’t enough and you never know when you might have to dial 911 or need immediate assistance.
Stay Close, Be Alert, And Watch. A swimmer can end up in danger in the blink of an eye. Nothing can replace constant supervision, so don’t take your eyes off your children around water. Don’t go inside for a towel, phone call, or anything else without asking another adult to be on alert. NEVER leave your children unattended — no matter their age.
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills. Not only is it critical to learn to swim, it’s also important to learn how to perform CPR on both children and adults. It is imperative that children who have recently learned to swim wear an age- and size-appropriate flotation device.
Have the Appropriate Equipment. This includes fences and self-closing or self-latching gates, alarms and drain covers (make sure drain covers are inspected annually) as well as life-saving equipment like poles and life rings. Safety equipment can be expensive, but we must ask ourselves if running the risk of drowning is worth “saving” the money.
It’s imperative that all adults — especially parents — are properly prepared when visiting the pool or spa. Please share this article to help raise awareness about America’s drowning epidemic. Together, by sharing these simple steps we can help save lives.