Several years ago I was at Supai, AZ in the river that flows from Havasu Falls.
We had three adults and a group of boys with us. I don't swim well at all,
but I was in waist deep water. I noticed one of the other men drowning. He was
next to the third adult in an area where the water was over his head. I
couldn't reach the second man, and the third man was oblivious to what was
happening. Finally I caught his attention by taking off my shirt and throwing
at him. He reached over, that's how close they were to each other, and
lifted the drowning man's head out of the water.The man was drowning
and the article is correct, it looks nothing like TV drownings. The second man
was dying where he stood, unable to breath or to move. We were very lucky
that day.Like they say "Pay attention around water!"
Thank you SO MUCH for the article and video. It may well save my life or
someone else's. so frightening but SO important!!
Being a former lifeguard, I can second this story. Drowning is very difficult
to spot, even when it's taking place right in front of you. Even the best
lifeguard can miss it. Parents: When you take your kid to the pool, don't
for one minute take your eye off your children. If you think it's hard
keeping track of 3-4 kids, just imagine what the lifeguard is doing trying to
keep tabs on 30 or more. Be aware that more drownings happen in the kiddie pool
than any other place, so shallow water is no defense.