Drowning is a form of suffocation. As a person struggles to stay afloat, water can enter the airway and block the entry of air. If breathing stops and the oxygen supply to the brain is cut off, permanent brain damage or death can result. Thus it is vital to start expired air resuscitation (EAR) as quickly as possible - preferably as the person is being taken from the water.
Prevent drowning by
Do not attempt to rescue anyone in deep water if you are an inexperienced swimmer. Instead call for help immediately.
First aid treatment
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