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What are the true signs of drowning?

What are the true signs of drowning?

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Experts say drowning is a leading cause of death among children between the ages of one and four.

Would you recognize the distress signs?

Fire Department Assistant Chief and Water Rescue Instructor Chris Kiskeravage says drowning can be deceiving.

"Drowning doesn't come along with a lot of thrashing and splashing, that is seen in the movies or Hollywood type drowning," he said.

But Kiskeravage says drowning will more likely resemble a calm almost lifeless body.

"Children will just dip into the water, slip under and it's all very quiet," he said.

Top signs to look for are the head low or tilted back in water, mouth open, closed or glassy eyes, hyperventilating or gasping and trying to roll over or appearing to be climbing an invisible latter.

"As heads dip under water, you're watching how long underwater, and if they're coming back up," Kiskeravage said.

Officials say always know the ability of those you came with and keep your eyes on the water.

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