Drowning for love: the aquatic victim‐instead‐of‐rescuer syndrome: drowning fatalities involving those attempting to rescue a child

@article{Franklin2011DrowningFL,
  title={Drowning for love: the aquatic victim‐instead‐of‐rescuer syndrome: drowning fatalities involving those attempting to rescue a child},
  author={R. Franklin and J. Pearn},
  journal={Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health},
  year={2011},
  volume={47}
}
Introduction:  Non‐intentional child drowning remains a leading cause of child mortality. A related and secondary syndrome is composed of those who drown in impulsive, altruistic attempts to go to the aid of a drowning child. Such ‘rescuers’ who attempt to save a drowning child may themselves drown, a tragic event we term the AVIR syndrome or aquatic victim‐instead‐of‐rescuer. 

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