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What drowning REALLY looks like

We’ve had a couple of drownings in New Orleans already this summer, but if you think you know what happens when a person drowns, then you need to hear this information:

A safety expert from Cleveland State University says the splashing & screaming drowning victim is the Hollywood version.

The real version happens in stages:

First, a swimmer who is drowning gets a worried look on their face.

Then, in the second stage, the swimmer is focused on land, but they are too tired to call for help and starts going under.

The third stage is called passive drowning. That’s when they are still alert with eyes open, but they go underwater and stay there.

The expert says if you are looking for these signs and not someone thrashing around than you can recognize when someone is drowning.

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