Knowing the Warning Signs of Drowning

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Most people think of a person drowning as someone screaming and yelling for help; however, drowning can often be silent and invisible.

Lifeguards say they cannot always tell when someone is in trouble, especially when there are many kids in the pool. Members of the Westover Pool in Harrisonburg say there are several reasons that someone would think a swimmer is in trouble.

Sometimes kids play dead and dunk each other under water. These are activities kids consider fun, so it's hard to tell if they're in danger.

Those in charge at Westover say they've never had a problem with someone drowning, but admit a close call is a scary thing.

"It can take less than 10 seconds for a child to go from having a good time in the water to under the water as an active drowning victim. So it's really important that you be with them and watching and vigilant all the time. The lifeguards are scanning but we want to make sure we have as many eyes on all the kids as possible," said Kristen Lam, the Aquatic Director at Westover Pool.

Experts say one of the best ways of preventing drowning is to keep your eyes on your kids at all times.


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