Parents Preventing Childhood Drowning Presents: Sunday Survival Stories: Help Your Fellow Swimmer
Every Sunday, we will share a story of a non-fatal drowning, discuss where things went wrong, and give some pointers on how to prevent it from happening to the people you love. Thankfully, these stories have happy endings for those involved, but sadly, we lose too many people to drowning every year. We hope examining these real-life stories help put the dangers of water into perspective and help you introduce various principles of water safety to your family!
Today’s story really highlights that anyone can prevent drowning. At just ten years old, Evelyn Carter saved the life of a seven-year-old boy by being alert and acting quickly while participating in a water fitness class at her local pool.
Evelyn’s great actions really show the importance of having a water guardian and a swim buddy. These two positions would have been able to actively watch and look for signs of distress in their fellow swimmer. Thankfully, Evelyn was paying attention and close enough to help. Drowning is quick and silent, and we must all be more like Evelyn watching out for our fellow swimmers!
A drowning victim may not look like you expect based on movies/shows. Have fun, be safe, and be alert for someone who needs help in the water!