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Dry drowning or secondary drowning is rare, but it does happen. This is when signs of trouble don't show up until much later.
PUTRAJAYA: At least one person dies every day from drowning in Malaysia but many are still not aware of the dangers involved when doing water activities. They also do not know how to keep safe at water recreational spots.
Simply telling children to stay away from water is not a strategy – since when do children listen to adults? Drownings are not ‘just accidents’, and more needs to be done to prevent such deaths.
Hint: There isn’t usually the splashing and screaming you see in movies when people drown. The actual signs are quite different.
PETALING JAYA: Local councils must make personal flotation devices (PFDs) available at high-risk drowning locations, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Make A Splash programme has made swimming lessons accessible to more children to prevent drowning deaths. The programme has been credited with the increased number of kids – about 5-10% – who have learned to swim since its inception.