Do you know what to do if you see someone drowning? Sadly, many people have drowned without being noticed because they haven’t been able to shout out for assistance once they have become submerged in water. If you do see someone drowning, raise awareness to this. After the individual is removed from the water, the first thing to do is find out if they are breathing or not. If they don’t seem to be breathing, you will need to give them CPR immediately.
Steps to take after you see someone drowning
If you do see someone drowning, you’ll also need to call the emergency services or tell someone else to get in touch with them. You will be able to begin the CPR after giving them five rescue breaths. CPR consists of 30 chest compressions then two rescue breaths. You will need to repeat these two steps until you get further assistance or until the person starts responding.
If the person starts to breathe again at any point, you will need to cover them with clothes and blankets to stop them being affected by hypothermia. If they do recover, you’ll be able to provide them with dry clothes. Check breathing, pulse and their response level until you get help. It’s worth remembering that not all people drown at sea. In fact, most cases of drowning in the UK occur in rivers, canals and at swimming pools. Young children can even drown in baths. Whatever you do, don’t put yourself at risk – you won’t be able to help them if you are in a similar predicament to them. Getting oxygen to their brain and organs is crucial and can be the difference between survival and fatality if you see someone drowning.
Taking legal action after an accident
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can help if you have been in an accident involving water and it was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Perhaps the people in charge of the facilities were negligent and failed in their duty of care to you? If so, contact us today. We have been dealing with cases involving swimming and water since we were founded in 2000 and we always assign the right kind of solicitor to you. You can contact us today by calling 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re using a mobile phone. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice