"Near drowning" means a person almost died from not being able to breathe (suffocating) under water.
If a person has been rescued from a near-drowning situation, quick first aid and medical attention are very important.
Drowning - near
- Thousands of people drown in the United States each year. Most drownings occur within a short distance of safety. Immediate action and first aid can prevent death.
- A person who is drowning usually cannot shout for help. Be alert for signs of drowning.
- Children can drown in only a few inches of water.
- It may be possible to revive a drowning person even after a long period under water, especially if the person is young and was in very cold water.
- Suspect an accident if you see someone in the water fully clothed. Watch for uneven swimming motions, which is a sign that the swimmer is getting tired. Often the body sinks, and only the head shows above the water.
- Attempted suicide
- Blows to the head or seizures while in the water
- Drinking alcohol while boating or swimming
- Falling through thin ice
- Inability to swim or panicking while swimming
- Leaving small children unattended around bathtubs and pools