Near drowning blocks your airway for a little while. Having a blocked airway hurts your lungs. Near drowning can happen minutes or many hours after being under water. It can also happen from a lung injury that does not involve water, such as choking. Near drowning victims need medical help right away.
Follow all your doctor's instructions.
GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:
Someone who was in the water in the past 24 hours is having problems.
You have a cough, trouble breathing, or chest pain.
You feel very tired or confused.
Your skin is pale or blue.
MAKE SURE YOU:
Understand these instructions.
Will watch your condition.
Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.