04 Oct '11, 3am

A drowning person will shout and wave for help. True or false?

THE STATE Coroner's call for parents to constantly supervise young children in open waters and swimming pools ('Toddler's drowning at Changi ruled an accident'; Sept 27) is an important message that parents and swimmers should bear in mind. Many deaths by drowning involve children who are under the care of someone. There are a number of misconceptions about drowning that often lead to inadequate supervision. These include: Drowning persons will shout and wave for help: This is not true because drowning is a silent killer. Research based on video footage of drowning in the United States has shown that drowning victims are unable to call or wave for help. This is due to the victim's instinctive struggle to breathe and stay above the water. Furthermore, the main purpose of a person's respiratory system is breathing and speech is a secondary function. Drowning victims also do ...

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