Do you know what drowning looks like?
The popular image of underwater death – characterised by thrashing arms and legs, yelling, and desperate signalling for help – is everywhere in movies and on TV.
But victims mostly slip under the surface unnoticed, a leading water safety organisation has warned.
“Drowning doesn’t look like it does in the films,” warns Guy Addington, South East Water Safety lead at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
“Somebody thrashing around and shouting – they could be in serious distress, but they’re not drowning.
“Drowning can be unnoticed, silent and not seen until it’s way too late.”
Noiseless drownings happen with “alarming frequency,” Addington cautions.
But you can protect yourself – and
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