Biloxi Parks and Recreation talks about water safety after tragic drowning
In the wake of the tragic drowning of a 2-year-old at Margaritaville in Biloxi, WXXV stopped by Biloxi’s Natatorium to get advice on summer safety.
While drowning can be hard to spot, there are things to look out for. Keep an eye out for someone who stays too long underwater in a vertical position. An instinctive drowning response is involuntary and the victim may not be able to call out for help.
The person drowning may be trying to get their mouth above the surface of the water or may appear to be climbing an invisible ladder.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10% of kids who drown have their parents watching them, but that the parents do not know the signs.
“We always try to encourage reaching for that person, throwing something to that person, where you don’t have to get in and actually do it,” explained Jamie Lee, the Assistant Director for Biloxi Parks and Recreation. “Because other bystanders aren’t usually trained as a lifeguard and we don’t want the situation to become a multiple drowning situation. So, we always try to make sure you can reach something to that person, throw something to that person.”
Lee explains you should try to contact the potential victim verbally and to always keep life vests on hand.