Why so much emphasis on staying safe around water? Unlike many animals that instinctively and naturally swim if suddenly dropped into the water, humans must learn how to survive in the water. Swimming and water survival skills are not difficult to learn though. As history shows, many cultures throughout the ages have recognised the value of such skills. Also, we need to place our priorities right as the abuse of social media has led to the death of one who was left to drown while his friend filmed the whole event rather than lend a helping hand.
A young man has lost his life after he reportedly drowned in a Port Harcourt beach, while his friend filmed with the thought that he was having fun According to Twitter user @Aunty_Les, his cousin was the victim and the incident occurred in Abuloma, Port Harcourt.
Read her tweets below;
My cousin drowned yesterday. The girl who was with him was making a video asking him “is it deep”. When he was drowning, and raising his hand for help, she thought he was calling her to come in, she was really saying “I can’t risk my life like that o”.
She was almost arrested cos they thought she knew he was drowning but made the video instead of screaming for help. From the video, he was standing at the shallow end of the beach but the ground under him opened up because they’ve been dredging that area.
Such a sad sad way to die. He was in the water for barely 10 seconds. If not for that video, the girl would have been arrested cos people who saw them together said it didn’t take 5 mins from when they saw them to when he died.
The earliest movements to help people become safer in and around the water focused on learning to swim and other survival techniques. This is often called personal survival: being able to help oneself from trouble in the water without the help of others, or being able to keep from drowning while waiting for help.
Obviously, it is important to know how to swim if you find yourself in water and unable to reach safety immediately. But even those who know how to swim might need to use personal survival skills in situations like these:
- A person might not be able to swim to safety after falling out of a boat or swimming out too far.
- Someone might be carried away by a strong current.
- Unforeseen circumstances may develop, such as cramps or an inability to swim because of very cold water.
- A pedestrian may fall from a pier or be swept from shore by a large wave.
SOURCE: LB/ International Life Saving Foundation
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