10. The body can lie there unfound
This is a very rare case which might occur in places like Lake Taho. Lake Taho is surrounded by mountains and lies between Nevada and California. The famous lake is a sanctuary for summer visitors and a grave for the unlucky ones. It is a grave indeed as its depth reaches about 501 meters. Since it lies about 1.9 kilometers beneath sea level, it is of a very low temprature and this is why the bacteria never gets the chance to work on the drowning bodies. The bodies are rather reserved in the depth of the lake as they never float to the surface!
9. Fresh water and salt water
It is a fact that drowning in fresh waters is different and easier than drowning in salt waters. About 90% of the drowning cases occur in fresh water. When fresh water is inhaled, it dilutes the blood causing organ faliure in about 2-3 minutes. However, it takes about 8-9 minutes to drown in salt water as it thickens the blood allowing more chance to rescue the person.
8. Delayed drowning, what is that?
A kid in south Carolina died after an hour of drowning; he inhaled some water and coughed it and then he walked and talked while his body was being drained of oxygen. His mother, after bathing him and putting him to sleep, went to check on him to find him foaming at the mouth with his lips blue. He died later on his way to the hospital of a cardiac arrest. He was suffocating and he did not even know it!
7. The Dead Sea
The Dead sea lies between Palestine and Jordan and is famous of being extra salty. The water is actually very dense with salt that it is thought to be impossible to drown in this kind of density. However, it is highly hard to readjust yourself if your face turns down. When swallowing this kind of water, it is not drowning you should fear but rather intoxication and inner burns!
6. The drowning weapon
Drowning has been used as a weapon to execute people in The great witch hunt and The national bathtub. In the hunt of witches, the suspected women were dumped into water and if they drown then they are innocent. However, if they floated then it would be a positive indicator that the female is a witch and she used black magic to survive. The national bathtub happened during the French revolution, when huge masses of people who were thought to adhere to the crown were stripped and dumped into water.
5. Drowning in real life
Drowning in real life looks a lot different than the movies; in the movies people fight for their lives and they are aware of what is happening. In real life, a drowning person will not be able to ask for help. In a drowning state your eyes are glassy or shut closed, your legs are not kicking as any voluntary movement is now impossible and your body lies in a vertical position.
4. What is the mammalian diving reflex?
The mammalian diving reflex is a series of reflexes made by your body to protect you from drowning. As an involuntary physiological response, when your face touches water your airway closes, heart rate slows and oxygen is sent to all vital organs.
3. Drowning animals
Some animals might actually drown each other to protect themselves. Racoons will swim in the sea to attract the dog that follows it and then sneak up behind him to dunk the dog’s face in water to drown it. Kangaroos and otters also use similar tricks to protect themselves from their enemies.
2. Minorities drown more often
Minorities tend to drown more as a result of either risky behavior or lack of training. Men do drown more often than women because their behavior tend to be more risky and playful. African-Americans tend to drown more than people of Anglo-Saxon origin as they tend to live in urban cities, so their chance to swim and to encounter pools is relatively less.
1. Ironic drowning
In 1985, in New Orleans, Louisiana a party was held to celebrate a death-free summer. The city was celebrating that no deaths occured in any of the city pools. The party was attended by more than 200 licensed lifeguards and ironically a body of a drowning male was found when the party ended!