Body recovery – calculating resurfacing times for a drowned victim

Article by Dr Patrick Buck PhD, REMT
Water Safety 4 All – Water Safety and Training

Body recovery – calculating resurfacing times for a drowned victim

Sub surface body recovery is complex, expensive, often unsuccessful and carries an element of risk for all involved.  While it is typically undertaken to facilitate incident closure the task is rarely straightforward.  It requires a thorough understanding of the hydrodynamics, incident timeline and the environment in which the drowning occurred.  Without these data body recovery may prove unsuccessful and occur only after the body has resurfaced.

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