I've seen both - first, our 4 year old son when he fell in our pool, while our oldest son and I were rough housing and didn't see him tumble in. It was our middle son that actually saw him from the deck
and screamed "Tim is drowning." The noise
we were making was more than the noise
Tim made when struggling, and had our middle son not seen him from the deck
the results would have been tragic. As it was, we had him breathing before the paramedics arrived.
Yesterday my husband assisted in saving a woman who had fallen into the Puget Sound
. He said she was absolutely screaming and splashing, unable to reach the dock
or anything else for support. Her husband had not seen her fall in, and without that screaming she probably would not have been noticed in time. Another happy ending, but it took four men
to haul her out.
I volunteered for a number of years at a children's hospital where we had several near-drowning victims. People sigh their relief when they hear that a child survived, but not all survival stories end well. The ones I worked with had severe brain damage, and lived with chronic health
issues. Sadly, they will spend their lives in a setting such as the one that I volunteered.
Thank you for posting
this article. Hope it goes viral since it is information that can save lives.