Boy Nearly Drowned In A Crowded Pool, But One Vigilant Mom Realized What Was Happening And Jumped Into Action

Date July 25, 2018 15:16

Do you think you can spot someone who’s drowning? As it turns out, many people can’t, and a person may drown right in front of others who will just look on without realizing what is happening.

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One Ukrainian boy is extremely lucky: he was drowning in a pool with other kids swimming and having fun around him and even an adult standing right next to him, but one vigilant mom jumped into action and saved him.

The accident happened at a summer camp. Larisa Leleka was there to watch her daughter, who was just splashing in the water and swimming with other children in the pool. Larisa was filming the fun, but the excitement quickly turned to horror when she realized one of the boys in the pool was drowning.

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The woman swiftly got the boy out of the pool and alerted other adults. Fortunately, she knows how to administer first aid, and she also had a CPR mask at hand, so she managed to resuscitate the boy.

After the ordeal was over, Larisa took to Facebook and wrote a lengthy post, in which she called on parents to be more vigilant when their children are in the water (anywhere: in the sea, pool, or even bathtub) and urged everyone to take a first aid course.

In this video, can you spot the drowning child?

The man who was standing right next to him was totally oblivious of the whole situation.

Someone who is drowning won’t flail their hands and scream “Help, I’m drowning!” Mario Vittone, a former U.S. Coast Guard officer, water safety expert and author of an article for Slate called "Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning", spoke to CBS News and described what drowning really looks like.


According to Vittone, the first phase of drowning is aquatic distress – that’s when a person is still able to call for help and wave. What comes next is known as the instinctive drowning response. Vittone told CBS News:

That's when you're no longer capable to maintain your own airway and a lot of times the head will be back, the eyes will be glassed over and people will be looking toward safety or looking toward shore. [They will be] vertical in the water, very little or no supporting kick, mostly just arm movement and sort of a lateral splashing down of the water.

You can watch the whole interview here:

This video is a must-watch for all parents!

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