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GLSRP Illustration in Army Safety Presentation

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Dave Benjamin, Executive Director of Public Relations, 708-903-0166
Bob Pratt, Executive Director of Education, 517-643-2553

 GLSRP “Signs of Drowning” Illustration

To be used in U.S. Army Safety Presentation Overseas

 Great Lakes, USA – The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) is proud to announce that its “Signs of Drowning” illustration has been requested for use in a Summer Safety Stand-down briefing for Soldiers in Germany.

“This is a fantastic display to educate people on the signs of drowning,” said SGT John Hampton, Safety NCO at the U.S. Army Health Clinic Wiesbaden, Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany.

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“Drowning is a respirator emergency and every moment under water is crucial,” said Dave Benjamin, GLSRP Executive Director. “Time is of the essence.”

The GLSRP wants everyone to know the Signs of Drowning because every second counts:

  • A swimmer in distress that starts displaying the Signs of Drowning may reach final      submersion within 15 to 45 seconds.
  • At two minutes of submersion, a drowning victim has a 92% survival rate if recovered and CPR and artificial respiration is performed properly.
  • At ten minutes of submersion, a drowning victim has a 14% survival rate if recovered and CPR and artificial respiration is performed properly. (These survivors will usually have moderate to severe brain injury.)
  • Consider if you are in the water at the beach and witness a drowning submersion – how long would it take you to get out of the water, get to a phone, call 911, identify your location, 911 dispatch first responders to your location, and recover the victim? Would it already be past the ten minute mark?  Would it already be a recovery mission?
  • Note: survival rates may vary due to age, health, water  temperature, and other varying factors.

HISTORY – The Signs of Drowning, also known as the Instinctive Drowning Response was created by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D.  It’s what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. Unfortunately Hollywood has taught us what drowning doesn’t look like.  With actual drowning there is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.

The Signs of Drowning:

  • Facing shore
  • Mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back
  • Look of panic or eyes glassy or closed
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Vertical in water. Not using legs for forward swimming movement.
  • Ladder climbing motion, rarely out of the water.
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway 

Know the Signs of Drowning for two reasons:

  1. To identify someone who is drowning
  2. In case you find yourself drowning/doing the signs of drowning, STOP IT and FLOAT.

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 The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Inc. (GLSRP) is about saving lives.  It is a nonprofit corporation that is a Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) that tracks drowning statistics, teaches “Water Safety Surf Rescue” classes, and leads the “Third Coast Ocean Force” rip current awareness campaign on the Great Lakes.  Become a member of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.

The GLSRP presented at the NDPA’s 12th Annual Symposium, March 14, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  It presented at the 2nd International Rip Current Symposium Nov. 1st, 2012 in Sydney, Australia; the 2012 winner of the “Outstanding Service to the Great Lakes Community” award presented by the Dairyland Surf Classic; the 2011 “Lifesaver of the Year” award winner; and presented at the NDPA’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, March 9, 2012.


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