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Real Life Situation: You saw someone desperately calling for help in deep water, struggling to catch a breath, he or she is only minutes from drowning.You can't swim. What do you do? 

546 deviants said The first thing that comes to your mind is that you check your surroundings to see if you can use some sort of tool to help that person (e.g. lifesaver, life-jacket).
280 deviants said Without a second thought you jump straight into the pool of deep water. You know you can't swim but your conscience is to save a life.
92 deviants said You take a few seconds to think and realise that the only option is call for help. You shout desperately for help and hoping that someone nearby can help.
32 deviants said You realise that person is in grave danger but you also realise you will risk your own life. You can't do it. You feel guilt but you know it's not your fault. You tried at least.
23 deviants said Being a heartless soul you walk past and ignore the person's desperate call for help.

Devious Comments

YgvantheShaper Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Think about, if you just jump in without thinking and you can't swim then you die to, then both families suffer, two people die, two people pay who knows how much for a funaral, no one wins.
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A very good point indeed, that is why I would think twice before I jump in myself...!
CobaltWinterborn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Of course I'll save he/she even if I can't swim, but I was once that drowning victim, its one reason why I didn't like the beach.
EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Well, if I couldn't swim I'd look for anything that could help me to save that person. It would be useless if I tried to swim if I can and then get two drowned persons instead one! :giggle:

And if there were people around, I would ask for help, of course!
phoenixdaughterAM Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Student Artist
While I'd love to dive in, I have to be logical. I'd have to go for help.
chef-cheiro Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
damn, its hard to answer it. i don't know what to choose
TaiVixey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think my answer more aquaretly would be...

"Scream at the top of your lungs running around in hysterics."

... Based on a real life situation... Except my darling cousin thought it would be funny to pretend to drown.
WackySpongecake Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009   Filmographer
First, I'd look to see if I could find something resembling a rope/rubber ring/anything like that in a struggle, and if I fail, I'd shriek for help and wave my arms around hoping to attract attention. Probably both at the same time!

To be honest if I was barefaced with a situation like this, I'd be doing this without a second thought :| I'd be too panicked to think of anything else..
EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
I'll comment later, ok, Elson? Right now I'm in uni and this evening I'm in concert with my choir! (Not "The 7 trumpets of the Apocalipsis" one, but another much simpler) ;)
yummorra Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student General Artist
this is what would probably happen if it were me.
1. I'dhear them and try to get help, or find something to help them with.
2. I'd stand there and watch them drown because I'm so shocked.
3. I might not even hear the person because I'm often lost in thought and block EVERYTHING else around me out. ^^;
4.or i'd make sure there was someway I'd survive IF I go into the water to help them.

but I'd probably get someone else to help them.
TammyTwilightRose Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I'd look for a rope or something to help them and see if anyone else is around to help. I'd also use my phone if it's working.
Mephitinae Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I'd shout for help first.

Jumping in without thinking would be idiotic. The victim would most likely pull the hapless "rescuer" down with them. If you can't swim, how can you expect to learn it instantly in deep water, while someone is squeezing your neck in panic?
Biotype Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The first choice. I don't care if I drown, at least I'll be able to learn one more final thing.
Riftun1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Well I can swim in fact I'm a gold medalist for my county is waterpolo/freestyle swimming soooo do I just get to save the person?
EvanStanley Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student General Artist
I'd totally look for something they could grab onto, and scream for help.
CSBernard Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009

Since we're talking hypothetically, I'll be the cruel one. The better question is how many people answering are being honest-honest. Hmmm? Who's really going to do the heroic things... And who's going to truthfully claim to be hearltess?

It's just that questions like this tend to be inconsequential at times. It's a very good question. But, don't the actions speak a little more loudly? =)

No disrespect. ^^;
Shirokaze2012 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
i'd jump off and try to save them without a second, i'd rather die with them than just stand by and do nothing :\
i sink like a rock XD it wouldn't be very offten you'd find me by water X3
AgentWebdog Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I can't swim, yet I'm sure I'd jump in with reckless abandon-I've done it before. XD See unlike most people who can't swim, I love the water. I just don't like to pull fancy stunts-and will NOT go out on a lake or river no matter what. (I've had the unfortunate experiance of a friend drowning saving her little cousin)

Generally, it's a stupid option, but I atleast know how to float and can hold my breath for a good long time if I have to.
FullMetalKisame Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I'd probably look for something around to help them, and if nothing's there, jump in after them. hopefully their calm enough to hold onto you without drowning you.
EvyCrystal Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hard to pick for I'm like a awesome swimmer o.O; and a lifeguard hehe

If that ever happen, if there people around u tell them to call for help! if your not a good swimmer and if you find a object that is long to reach them, try that. But you must be careful for the person is in a psycho must live mode and might pull u in from freaking out. But if your not a good swimmer DO NOT jump in after them! for if u go to them, they will try to cling on u and you end up drowning or getting hurt.

But if that ever happen to me I would call for help if ppl were around telling them what going on so they can call 911.
If i'm fully dress I would take off shoes maybe short/pants. clothes will only make things harder. (if there is anything that is float-able use it)
jump feet first in to the water and get to them with head above water, tell the person "calm down i'm coming I need you to calm down"
take hold of the person BUT if the person is acting all psycho and clings on to you have to kind of throw them off, you can't help them if they hurt you or can't move.
if the person never calms you have to wait till they kind of get tired. But if the person calms just take a hold of them and swim them to land. KEEPING their head above water : x
BUt if the person KO that where the whole CPR and life saving goes but yeah. you get my point ROFL

yay for lifeguard skills!!!!! FTW!
MichaelWillik Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I voted #1, but I believe I'd try to do a mix of #1, #2 and #3.

First, if anybody's nearby I'd call for help, assuming there are no life saver objects around. If help takes too long to arrive or if it's risky to venture away in search of someone, I may throw myself into the water and try to hold on for as long as possible. I can't swim very well (no, I won't count dog paddling >.< ), but I suppose I would be strong enough to keep both of us afloat for a while. Not sure how clothes affect buoyancy on water though. Hopefully that person would calm down just a bit by doing that and thus I could try to drag him to land or wait if by any case I can't (if I asked for help earlier, the better).

This speaking by theory though, because I'm pretty sure it would take a LOT of willpower to get enough bravery to jump into the water. Knowing myself I'd mostly panic while desperately looking at the person's condition, and if far offshore I likely wouldn't be able to help even if I jumped in and swam as best as I could.

The farther offshore and the less people available, the more I'd see this as a bad situation for the person in the water. The key though is not to think about chances, go and hope for the best.
MichaelWillik Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Come to think about it, #1 is a situation where you can't swim. I assumed myself as partially able to swim, which made the whole answer wrong.

Technically I'd jump in the water only as a last resort if there's no other way to solve the problem. May be risky but at least I tried in some way.
CCG Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I picked the 'find a nearby tool' option...and if I can't find something, I'd call for help. If someone's dying in front of me, that would be wrong to just leave them there. But it would be pretty stupid to jump in and try to save them when you can't swim yourself. (although in truth, I can swim X3; ) I know that you feel the need to save this person, but like others have said, it would probably end up with the lost of his and your life if you tried. Although I admit, if there is no other help, I probably would panic and do something stupid like that. ^^;
MaRaMa-Artz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, add this. BEFORE going into the water, aside from finding something to use SHOUT for help in case you attract someone who does swim, but again, if there's no other choice left, I think most people will jump in. Even if it ends up two victims. Good luck to them then. But I don't think many would just stand around and watch someone die. Some will, but not most.

Have you read the story of a guy who died because his dog jumped into a Yellowstone boiling pond and the guy jumped in after him and died from the burns? Well, people got burned also getting the guy out.
What if it was a child jumping in the boiling water? People would jump in and get burned, risking certain death or permanent damage because most people will not think of their own safety, they'll want to save the other. Even if after wards they feel it was a mistake.
Survival is an instinct and this includes the survival of others too. we will preserve it by default.
MaRaMa-Artz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Even while I can swim just fine, there's always the risk of the person's desperate struggles can sink you with them so the danger would be the same unless you're trained for aquatic rescue.

Anyway, the first logical thing to do, whether you can swim or not is to look around for something to throw at them. Once you've made sure you can't find anything and there's no other choice then you think if you'd dive in. I would dive in. People float, only reason people drown is because when they're scared they splash around randomly and that makes them sink faster. But if you keep moving your legs and arms you will stay afloat and move, so once I get to the person i will first tell them to calm down and hold on to me and stop thrashing so I can move them to the shore. Even if it's doggy paddling, just keep taking huge breaths of air and hold them if you get under, use your strength to get your head on top again, take another breath. You need one arm free to swim and steer. Most strength is with your legs. And if the person can cling to you on their own to allow you to use both arms even better.
Oh, and take off your shoes and anything else you can so you have less weight on you that could make you sink easier.

This happened to me once with my ex. Now, again, I can swim. I'm no expert and have no idea how to rescue people but I know the basics. My ex couldn't swim, however I showed him how to stay afloat using a snorkel and mask. That's how he got too far from shore and freaked when he couldn't feel the bottom anymore. So when I saw him trashing(I was keeping an eye on him) I swam after him and told him to stay still, use the snorkel to breath and just float and let me pull him.
He IS heavy and he also kept trashing some so I kept being pushed under. I was lucky the bottom wasn't as far so everytime I was gonna go under I took a deep breathe and let myself get under, push with my feet and swim underneath to get more thrust then get back up for another breath, repeat...until I got him close enough where he could stand.

After that was over THEN I started crying like an idiot because I was really scared but the adrenaline and wanting to get him safe made me act first. Then went that was gone and the fear sunk in(no pun intended) again I just broke down.
PorpoiseMuffins Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
If you really can't swim, you'd be a fool to jump in to try and save someone. Not only would you not be able to help the other person, but you'd put TWO lives at risk and possibly a third if someone else comes along to try and rescue the both of you. Not only that, but since two of you are drowning, the rescuer(s) would have a harder time saving both of you, and you might end up being the one saved while the first guy drowns!

There's nothing noble about that!
MaRaMa-Artz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
You think that now while being perfectly relaxed. But when you're in the position and seeing the actual person in danger you'll just want to save it. And maybe, just maybe, your own adrenaline would make you swim.
Rescue can come a bit too late.
Would you really, if there's no one around to help you, and rescue's not there yet, and you see the person's starting to get tired and sink...would you really just stand by because of those thoughts?
PorpoiseMuffins Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
If I absolutely knew I couldn't swim (which the question presupposes), then yes, I would try to find help some other way. There's no reason why I should commit suicide.

That being said, I suppose there is the element of guilt that you might feel afterward--no matter how irrational it might be--for not jumping in. Or you might take the plunge because you'd rather be dead and remembered as a hero than alive and thought a coward.

But if you really value life I think you should value your own as well as others.
MaRaMa-Artz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
I still believe that in a moment like that, you sort of not think about your own safety but of the other's instead. Your adrenaline alone will change your thoughts. You don't save a person to become a hero, you save them because of our survival instinct kicking in telling us to preserve life whether it's ours or another's. Perhaps you will be able to stay calm and think clearly but I think a lot of people will jump in and not really just to take any credit nor with the idea that they will die. They want to save the person most of all and believe they can do it, even if inevitably they end up making everything worst.

See my second comment here about a man trying to save a dog in yellowstone boiling gaizer waters. It pretty much covers it. Going to save without thinking of the worst. Sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing horribly.

I'm the kind that undoubtedly will die saving another because I will not hesitate in trying to help, even less if it's someone important. But I will try all other options first, but when nothing else works and it's just me I'll jump in and take all the risks. If I didn't try, I don't think I could leave with it. The thought of "I could have saved them. Maybe I could have." would forever haunt me and I'll feel like a murderer even if it wasn't really my fault.

Just like how I say if I ever run over a person I'd never drive again.
PorpoiseMuffins Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Then again, some people run over people and then keep driving out of fear for their own lives...

Perhaps you're right that I'd feel differently in the the actual situation. I can't know for sure. But I'm not sure that I agree with your assertion that the human instinct is to preserve life even when it's not your own. It's true that many people want to help others (whether it's instinct or it's moral upbringing), but does that really extend to self-sacrifice? I would think that the instinct would be to preserve your own life first, and other life second (if you can without putting yourself into grave danger).

This may be different if you have a vested interest in someone, however (a family member, close friend, significant other who much of your own happiness relies on), since that loss of life would have direct negative consequences on your own.
MaRaMa-Artz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
It all depends on the individual.
You're right. Someone people, when scared, freeze and do nothing; others act and others run away. And the only way to know how you would act is to go through the experience yourself and good luck to the victim or victims.
Rogue-buster-btc Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I am reckless enough to just jump in....8p
silverblade989 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Actually, i would look for something around, like a branch or a stick to help him/her WHILE calling for someone else to help... But since there's not an option like that, i picked the second one.

And btw, i would never jump in a desesperate way because doing that, i could kill both of us.
goodpizzaplz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Hmm. That was a well thought-out poll.
I chose the one that said that I would look around for something that would help them. Why am I going to jump in if I can't swim? That would leave this world with two lost lives instead of one saved one. That's just stupid in my opinion. :(
Red-Matter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
it would be kind of stupid to jump in the water without knowing how to take the fact that the person panic so might grab you to pull herself out. You have to help...but that is until it doesn't put your life in danger
Tails212 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
I could never watch someone else suffer, let alone drown. I would have to save them, even if I can't swim. IRL I'm not that good a swimmer but, If I can help, I'll help.
FlyingMonkeyofOz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Being a hero is a beautiful thing to do. But being an idiot will help no one. I voted surveying the area for tools to help.
I can swim, I used to be an East Devon champion! Until I ironically nearly drowned from paralysis (breaking my neck).

Why the deep moral question dude? Is something wrong?
kevintheman Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I swear people have been reading my mind lately. My area has been having some real bad flooding lately, and people were being rescued because of it.

I admit, I'm not the best of swimmers, so I'd try to call for help, and try to help out the person who is in distress as much as I can. Hopefully I could use some kind of tool like a life jacket to help out. If other people are there, I'd get them to help out as well.
Hipster-Coyote Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student General Artist
I personally believe that even in situations where you're at a disadvantage, you need to try your hardest. I'd jump in without a second thought. All else fails, I'll just end up being something they can hang onto (unless my body sinks, in which case we're screwed xD)
WaffleBerry Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
First I would look for a object to aid in the rescue... if i cant fiind one then I will jump in... hey the human body adapts to situations and if I will need to learn how to swim... I think the current situation will help me learn quickly.

(P.S. I can swim quite well :D)
MintyStitch Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Probably jump in even though I can't "swim". I think everyone knows to doggy paddle though!;]

If that's cheating, I'd look around for a life-jacket or something.
Emily-Young Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
I chose the second one...Cause I can't swim, but if I saw someone in danger I would try to get them something to grab on to and try to pull them in....Cause me and my Mom talked about that once..And after I thought about her words, I realised she was right when she said : You'd have to be trained in that kinda thing, cause if you aren't, the person drowning will panic, and pull you under as well, then you would both die.

She's right about that. The best thing I could do, should that ever happen in my life, would be to throw an item of which would float, and they could grab on to.
Frobman Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009   Filmographer
I'll most likely assess my situation and surroundings quickly. I'm no good swimmer (haven't swam in years), and don't like being in the water for many reasons, but will try to find a way of saving a life than lose two, if you get what I mean.
SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually I can swim. I even entered in tournaments a long time ago and taught to swim some friends and relatives.
If I see someday drowning, first will see if someone better is near or using my phone to call profissionais. In last case, if no one comes, will be myself (the worst thing is letting someone dying like that)
Spike-the-echidna Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Check the surroundings, because that's one of the most basic 'saving someone' things i learnt in primary school in regards to saving people who're drowning
Fly-Sky-High Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I`m no good swimer so I would check around if there is anyne else that can help. If not then I would probably jump in the water without thinking and risc my life. Then, if I stay alive, I would probably hate myself later for not thinking stuff through first. ^^; I`m just being honest X3;
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! XD Aww at least you felt that you had this moral duty to save another life. Good on you, that's very brave of you. I on the other hand can't swim for crap... XXD I would call for help or pick option 2 of the above.

I'd feel a little guilty for not helping more.

I should really take some swimming lessons... :D
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I picked 'CALL FOR HELP'. Personally I can't swim and I'm not silly enough to risk my own life when I can't even swim. I have a slight fear for water which is why I'm not really into water sports - though it doesn't mean I don't ever do it (been waveboarding with my brother-in-law's brother in Singapore.

Those who picked option one are brave but in my opinion stupid - but it doesn't mean it's a bad thing, these people have moral sense to save another life - i.e. they put other's first in line and worry bout' their own life later. Much respect to the brave day-to-day heroes who sacrifice their lives to save another (typical example - house burnin' down and neighbours jump through the window to look for survivors).

Anyway I hope this poll is interesting - let's see how honest you are in your response. ;)

Oh and if there was a lifejacket/lifesaver around I'd pick that option first.
Jim-Prower Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Well, most of us have Mobile phones nowadays, some of us even Satellite phones, and as reception gets better...
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! Nice. That's a very good point made regarding mobile communication. But it's too late to call for help if they aren't going to make it in a few minutes.

Still calling is a good option, you are still alerting someone and it shows that we as human beings have a moral responsibility to look out for one another - even if they are strangers to us.
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