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Marine Safety and how to prevent drowning

If you happen to sail more often, it is mandatory to possess safety marine equipment, so when a life-threatening incident occurs, you can have the necessary measures in place at the right moment and at the right time.

The following are some of the main requirements of marine safety, that serves as the main purpose of saving lives:

  1. Life ring. Also known as a ‘life buoy’, this is a light-weight ring shaped object that is mainly thrown to a person in the water, in order to allow them to hold on to it and stay afloat so as to prevent drowning and provide buoyancy.
  2. Life jacket. This is mainly a personal floatation device that allows the wearer to stay afloat on water. Not only are they for the sole purpose of marine safety, life jackets tend to be utilized in many situations, one of them including airplane safety when flying over water bodies.
  3. Inflatable boats. These boats are not only ideal for recreational or commercial purposes, but are also highly efficient when it comes to marine safety. They are mainly used in rescue operations as a ‘life raft’. They can easily be stored without taking up a lot of space, hence, it is the most convenient safety equipment.

How to save someone from drowning

Drowning is a common threat in areas with large water bodies or even at recreational areas such as swimming pools or water parks. Cases such as drowning require immediate response so as to prevent fatalities or injuries. People who are the nearest to a drowning victim, tend to have the upper hand in reaching out for help.

The following steps below, can possibly save a victim from drowning:

  1. Call for help. This is the first step that needs to be considered. This is done by calling the emergency helpline and report the situation as soon as possible. For an adult that is drowning, things can  go from bad to worse in a matter of 3 minutes or less. However for a child, it takes around 30 seconds before the situation worsens. If at the time, you are unable to call the emergency helpline, call out for help so that somebody near you can assist in rescuing the drowning victim.
  2. Reach. Before reaching out to the victim, make sure that you are in safe position and that the victim cannot pull you towards him. First step to reaching out to the victim will require you to stretch your hands towards the victim, if this is not possible, you will have to look around for an object long enough to reach the victim such as, a rope, a tree branch or a towel. Once the victim grabs onto the object, you can safely pull him/her to a safe position.
  3. Throw. Places such as swimming areas tend to have safety equipment such as safety buoys that are attached to a rope. These buoys float on water so the drowning victim can stay afloat by grabbing onto the safety buoy. In case a person is drowning, throw the safety buoy towards them so that they can grab onto it and can be pulled to safety.
  4. Row. If the drowning victim is far from you, the best option is to take a boat get closer to the victim. After getting close, throw a ring to the victim and pull him towards the side of the boat and help them into the boat.
  5. Go. Swimming towards a victim can be violent sometimes, the victim may hold onto you and pull you under. In order to avoid this, carry a rope or a towel so that the drowning victim can hold onto it and can be pulled to safety.
  6. Upon rescue. It is crucial that you provide first aid to the victim immediately after rescue. Feel the neck or the wrist for pulse to ensure the victim is still breathing. If he/she is still breathing, make sure you check if the air is passing from the nose and ensure it is open. Incase the victim has stopped breathing, you will have to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in order to increase chances of survival.

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