About 10 people die each day from unintentional drownings according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children under 4 have the highest drowning rates, but teens and adults who either can't swim, don't wear a life jacket, or who are drinking alcohol have all quickly drowned, in many cases when someone is close by.
Drowning is a silent struggle and a very quick killer.
You can even be watching a child or adult drown, and never even know it until they completely slip beneath the surface.
"That's the tragedy of it because we've seen these images, but we don't really realize that it's not a huge dramatic thing," said John Kirk, owner of the Little Otters Swim School.
That's due in part to television shows and movies that have led us to think you will see a drowning victim screaming and thrashing. On the contrary, its physiologically impossible to identify a drowning victim.
For starters, if you cannot breathe, you can not call for help.
The body kicks in to what's called the instinctive drowning response, and all efforts go towards getting oxygen.
"They can't get up high enough," Kirk said.
In most cases a drowning victim can be seen, but not heard.
"Their head will tilt back, they might have hair over their eyes, and they're just in a fight for their life," Kirk said.
A drowning person can't wave for help. Instead, their arms flail out to the sides, pressing down on the water to boost them up.
They're upright, but not kicking and they're not getting anywhere, or they look like they're climbing an invisible ladder.
"They're just grasping at something that's not there to try to get up and out of the water," Kirk said.
At this point, the struggle will only last for about 20 to 60 seconds before they go under.
"More water is going in the mouth, the throat is closing, and it starts to become a panic," he said.
In a busy pool, lake or beach, it can be difficult trying to determine if someone is really in trouble.
if you were to see someone struggling, you might attempt to ask them -- 'Are you ok?' If they give you a full answer, they might be alright, but if they say nothing and just stare, you only have a few seconds to get them out of the water.
Supervision is the key to drowning prevention.
A CPR-trained parent, lifeguard or buddy should always be with you near the water because a few seconds is all it takes for someone to silently sink below the surface.
Whether it's an adult or a child, if they aren't a strong swimmer, don't let them rely on air-filled or foam toys to help them stay afloat.
These toys are not life jackets and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
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The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: <http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html>).
The following information is from Slate.com (Source: <http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/family/2013/06/rescuing_drowning_children_how_to_know_when_someone_is_in_trouble_in_the.html>)
The following information is from Today.com (Source: <http://www.today.com/health/drowning-often-quick-silent-how-spot-someone-trouble-6C10223428>).
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