How Do You Rescue An Active Drowning Victim?
• Identify a drowning victim. An active drowning victim is conscious and struggling. This type of victim displays the following characteristics: • Unable to call for help • Thrashing arms • Vertical in the water • Body is very low in the water, with the mouth just above the surface. • Alert help, if possible. If you are the only person present, proceed to rescue the victim. If there are bystanders, yell for help so others are aware of the situation or can also help with the rescue. • Get a flotation device, if available. This will allow the victim something to hold onto once he/she is reached. The most common type of flotation device is called a rescue tube, often seen at public pools and beaches, and are used by lifeguards. • Begin the rescue. Enter the water and approach the victim. The safest way to avoid harm to oneself is to approach the victim from behind. An active drowning victim’s only concern is getting air. In fear, he/she may grab onto you and pull you under, resulting in t