Tuesday, May 31, 2011

People Don't "Look like they are Drowning" When They Are Indeed Drowning


"In the summer of 2002 at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, a young aircrewman had just returned
with his crew from Lake Maurepas, west of Lake Pontchartrain. A boat with a family of five aboard had capsized
during a squall, and he had deployed to assist the survivors. He began telling his story:
“We arrived on scene and all five of them were in the water; some clinging to debris, some not. As we hovered
above the scene, two of the victims appeared to be looking up at us, treading water. I hurriedly changed into my
wetsuit when I heard the pilot say, ‘They don’t look like they are in any immediate danger. They can wait for
the boat.’
I said, ‘No Sir, they look like they are drowning! ’”
Link to Complete Article in coast guard journal


*All text from "ON SCENE The Journal of theUS Coast Guard Search and Rescue"
Authored by: Mario Vittone and Francesco A. Pia Ph.D

Pic: aww.ninemsn.com.au

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