I was saddened to hear of the death this past Sunday of twenty-eight-year old Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia. Saddened, but not at all surprised. Tough Mudder is one of those pay-to-play obstacle challenges that allow anyone with an entry fee and the willingness to sign a waiver [...]
I have a confession: I’m not a big fan of data. It leaves too much information out, allows too many assumptions in, and it seems to provide more questions than answers. But if there is one thing about data I have come to love, it’s that it is an awesome tool in the changing of [...]
Francesco Pia, PhD. Discusses the Instinctive Drowning Response using one of his examples from Orchard Beach in NY. And now for the happy ending:
Drowning signs aren’t like the movies: wivb.com Another (more recent) example of the Instinctive Drowning Response
So if a crew member falls overboard and every looks O.K. – don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them: “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare – you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.