'Flinging the squaler' lifeline rescues for drowning prevention.

Pearn, J.H. and Franklin, R.C. (2009) 'Flinging the squaler' lifeline rescues for drowning prevention.. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 3 3: 315-321.

Author Pearn, J.H.
Franklin, R.C.
Title 'Flinging the squaler' lifeline rescues for drowning prevention.
Journal name International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-9997
Publication date 2009-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 3
Issue 3
Start page 315
End page 321
Total pages 7
Editor Stephen Langendorfer
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
1399 Other Education
9302 Teaching and Instruction
Abstract In Australia, 86 "rescuers" have drowned over 15 years (1992-2007). Many victims have needlessly drowned simply because of bystander unfamiliarity with the simple skill of throwing a lifeline or lifebuoy. The basic paradigm of aquatic lifesaving is to affect a rescue, without placing oneself at risk. Twenty-five fit, untrained adults were recruited to assess their lifeline throwing abilities. Results from 190 competitors as participants in the Line Throw events at the National Australian Pool Lifesaving Competition 2009 were analyzed for speed, efficacy, and accuracy. It takes a medium time of 35 s for an untrained bystander to throw a lifeline. Only 20% can throw a line within 2 m of the target at a first attempt. In the heat of the moment, 20% do not secure the end of the flung rope. Trained children can affect a 10 m accurate throw and pull a potential victim to safety with a medium elapsed time of 23 s. The Australian national record for trained lifesavers (adult, 12 meter), is 10.08 s-world record 9.06 s. This simple lifesaving technique, with training in improvisation (e.g., garden hoses), will undoubtedly save lives.
Keyword Drowning - Prevention
Mass casualties
Public safety
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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