I think this article is important enough to send it to everyone I know. Unless you live in a desert and you’ve only ever seen water in bottles, please read about why Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning.
Imagine for a moment what a drowning person looks like.
Now go read the article, because if you’re like most people, you’re getting your image of a drowning person from what you’ve seen on TV and the movies, a panicked person flailing his arms and calling for help.
To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening(source: CDC).
Please read the full article; I would cut and paste the bullet points but I honestly think it’s better for everyone to take the five minutes and read the complete piece so they’ll understand exactly what happens.
It isn’t graphic. Yes, it’s scary, but it’s better to be scared briefly and informed forever than to grieve.