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As a lifeguard, the last resort to helping a drowning/panicked swimmer is going to the victim and making physical contact (at least it used to be.) .
Interesting. I took my life guard/life saving class in 1982 and this is the exact opposite of what we were taught. We were taught "get there and get it done" sort of, mainly because once the person goes under, you lose sight of the victim, making it harder to rescue. Obviously a pool is different from open water, but we were trained to respond the same regardless of location.