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How to Save a Drowning Victim

Posted on March 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

Seeing someone struggle for their life as they are drowning is a situation no one ever hopes to find themselves in. It’s tough for anyone to say how they would react unless they’ve actually experienced what it’s like to be in that moment.

But Barry Weir has an idea of what it takes to respond properly when someone is in distress, and that’s because he has done it. That’s right. Barry Weir once saved a man from drowning because of his bravery and quick response.

Barry Weir and his wife, Roma, were taking stroll down the beach one day in February 2010 when they noticed a man in a black suit frolicking in the surf. However, Barry quickly realized that the man was certainly not playing around—something wasn’t right. So Barry Weir sprang into action, first calling the coastguard with his cellphone and then diving into the frigid water himself to pull the drowning man out. Although the man later died from hyperthermia, it was the quick thinking of Barry Weir that prevented drowning from being his cause of death.

“It was just second nature, really,” Barry Weir has said of his heroic act.

Barry Weir realizes that type of response isn’t necessarily “second nature” to most people. However, he still believes it’s important to know what you should do if you come across a drowning victim like he did.

To help you be prepared for this kind of emergency situation, Barry Weir offers the following tips for saving a drowning victim:

  • Call for Help: Firs thing you should do is get help whether it’s notifying a lifeguard or calling 911. It is usually best to help professionals handle the situation if they are nearby and able to do so in a timely manner.
  • Remove Person from Water: If you are alone and emergency response is not nearby, the first thing you’ll want to do is take the person out of the water and get them and yourself somewhere safe.
  • Check Breathing: Lay the drowning victim on their back and place your ear next to their mouth and nose. This is so you can feel any air from their breath on your cheek. You can also look to see if the person’s chest is moving as a sign of whether or not they’re breathing.
  • Check Pulse: If the person you’re trying to save is not breathing, you’ll want to check to make sure they have a pulse. By either placing two fingers on the inside of the person’s wrist or their neck, check the person’s pulse for 10 seconds.
  • Perform CPR: If the person has no pulse AND you’re CPR certified, start performing CPR on the drowning victim until further help arrives.

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