Is It Possible To Save A Person From Drowning Using Throw Bags?


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Having rescued many people that weren’t in a life-threatening situation, the near-fatal rescues always stick more by. Luckily I’ve been spared from a fatal drowning. Most people can’t get back to shore but stay afloat because of a lifevest, surfboard. At first, they are always panicking, screaming, and waving, but shortly after you are close to them, they become calmer. After returning them to shore with Throw bags by boat or swimming, they are always very polite and are grateful.

Is It Possible To Save A Person From Drowning Using Throw Bags?
Is It Possible To Save A Person From Drowning Using Throw Bags?

Saving Using Throw Bags

One rescue that I’ll always remember was 2 little german brothers who were near-drowning. The strong current took them where they couldn’t stand anymore while their mother was panicking and powerless due to being unable to swim. She was already warned a few days before for the strong current, wind, and waves, but she let her children enter the water in a dangerous place.

After a sprint over the beach, notifying fellow lifeguards, throwing off clothes and walky-talky, I sprinted & swam as fast as I could, on adrenaline, towards the little boys in desperate need of help.

When I reached them, I Lifted the boys & helped them towards a wave breaker. Although these rocks are a dangerous construction due to slamming waves and dangerous currents, it was the closest vast land to get them to safety. While helping them climbing the rocks and protecting them from those waves as much as possible, I also had to be aware of my safety. More or less, 2 minutes later of spotting the boys, they were safe again.

Luckily the boys were “only” just in shock with a chance of having some water inside their lungs. After calming them down, fixing up their scratches, and open wounds over their entire body (caused by the shells on the rocks), we send them towards the nearest hospital for a complete check-up. (water inside the lungs could result in a dry-drowning or secondary drowning, which also could be fatal).

Is It Possible To Save A Person From Drowning Using Throw Bags?
Is It Possible To Save A Person From Drowning Using Throw Bags?

How To Save A Life From Drowning?

· Preventive measures are the best measures. Don’t let them come into danger and a state of drowning. forbidden access to dangerous spots, throw rescue buoys, wear life jackets, 

· There are different methods of transporting someone on land and in water, all of which are learned in the one year course (in Belgium.)

· Being an experienced swimmer and a lifeguard is a different thing. One of my best friends with better physical shape than me once trained with me in the pool. Although he has more power, he was unable to get the dummy from the bottom of the lake and swim the required 25 meters.

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· Rescues in a pool, ocean, from shore, vessel/boat, helicopter, … are all different situations. The sinking of a vessel, car, plane, require different protocols. There are courses of basic safety that you can follow, which can always be handy. e.g., Officers of the watch on board of merchant navy vessels must know the LSA-code, US coast guard, or IAMSAR. · It depends on the sea state, underground, weather,

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