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Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we see someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not obvious most of the times!).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responderscalling first responders)?

Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we see someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not obvious most of the times!).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responders)?

Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we see someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not obvious most of the times!).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from calling first responders)?

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Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we see someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not very obvious somemost of the times!).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responders)?

Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we see someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not very obvious some of the times).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responders)?

Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we see someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not obvious most of the times!).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responders)?

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Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we aresee someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not very obvious some of the times).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responders)?

Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we are someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not very obvious some of the times).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responders)?

Motivated by a comment thread in this question here. As far as I know the consensus basically boils down to:

  • It is very hard rescuing someone who is drowning.
  • It can be very dangerous rescuing a drowning person, as they can drown their attempted rescuers when panicking.
  • Generally it seems that rescue should be attempted only by people who underwent the corresponding training.

However. Let's assume that we see someone is drowning near the lake shore and we're the only person in the immediate vicinity. Also for the sake of the argument let's assume that we recognised that this person needs immediate rescue from drowning (which, apparently, is not very obvious some of the times).

Is there something that we can and should be doing to help the drowning person (obviously apart from first responders)?

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