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Drowning doesn’t look like drowning

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 08, 2010

Drowning people look calm, not crazy flail-y like they do on the TV.

Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.

(via df)