Notify trained ocean safety professionals and keep a level head to help someone who is struggling or drowning.

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What do I do if I see someone drowning?

Notify trained ocean safety professionals and keep a level head to help someone who is struggling or drowning.

The sight of a fellow beach-goer hauled from the water by a lifeguard is enough to make anyone stop and think about his or her personal safety and how to help others while ocean swimming. If you see someone struggling in the water or even drowning, notify a lifeguard - even if you have training. If this is impossible, toss the struggling swimmer a floating object, such as a kick board, a life jacket or even an empty drinking container. Send someone else to find a lifeguard, while you stay with or near the struggling person to keep him calm until help arrives. If you must enter the water, be aware that the person is likely to panic, so you should take along an object suitable for supporting at least two people. Do not allow the victim to cling to you, or you will both be at risk of drowning. Continue to speak to the victim in a reasonable and clear voice until you reach them. Talk the victim toward the beach or keep them company until help arrives.

   

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