Drownings usually occur silently and victims are often believed to be playing in the water.
Myth: Drowning victims call for help... WRONG
Fact: Drowning is suffocation in water, it's a silent death.
Myth: Drowning victims are alone when they go under...
Fact: Drownings occur in the middle of crowds. Drownings are often mistaken for play, as victims try to push themselves out of the water.
Myth: Drownings don't occur quickly... WRONG
Fact: Drownings can occur in as little as 20 seconds.
Myth: Victims are usually swimmers who went too far...
Fact: Drowning victims are usually poor swimmers or non-swimmers who never intended to enter the water.
Myth: Children are safe if they know how to swim and wear a
personal floatation device... WRONG
Fact: Children can easily panic and forget what they've learned. No one is ever "drown-proof," not you nor your kids.
Myth: If my boat sinks I can always swim to shore... WRONG
Fact: Many people, including strong swimmers, can be overcome by hypothermia in cold water and drown. Cold water is dangerous, and the shoreline may be farther than it looks.
To Prevent Drownings in a River or Lake, you should:
Keep these tips in mind when fitting yourself or your child in a life jacket: