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Drowning: Not like in the movies

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Drowning: Not like in the movies

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – With recent warm temperatures more people are being drawn to area waterways, increasing the likelihood of drownings.

The U.S. Coast Guard says drowning is not a violent struggle like they show in the movies.

Brad Simmons with the Coast Guard’s Columbia River Sector says most drowning victims are unable to call out for help.

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Drowning people instinctively extend their arms out to keep their head above water and therefore can’t wave their arms.

A drowning victim will appear upright in the water with their mouth occasionally dipping below the water’s surface.

They can slip underwater in as little as 30 seconds after they start to drown.

The Coast Guard recommends that everyone wear a life jacket in the water, tell someone where they are going, and always have a partner.