All the Ways You Can Drown and the Signs to Look For

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2. Victims of Wet Drowning Usually Aspirate Water

The person who is in distress and experiencing drowning will attempt to breathe in air but, in a case of wet drowning, will take in water instead. He or she may be underwater for so long that the lungs force him or her to breathe, even if the person breathes water instead of air.

Similarly, the person may be above water but be submerged just enough to take in water, which then enters the lungs. “Wet drowning” is classified assuchbecause ofthe water that comes intothe lungs whenthe person is in distress.