Panicked father on sinking car throws infant daughter to people on shore 
His decision to throw his infant to shore has gone viral and caused huge controversy on social media.

A video captured the shocking moment of a desperate father standing on the roof of a sinking car. His decision to throw his infant to shore has gone viral and caused huge controversy on social media.

The incident occurred in Changde, Hunan province. A family was returning home to celebrate Chinese New Year. To get home, they had to take a ferry across a lake. During the ride, the family’s SUV happened to slip into the lake with them stuck inside.

Fortunately, they were all able to climb out to the roof of the car. Once there, a father holding his baby daughter in his arms was faced with a difficult choice. People on the shore shouted for him telling him to throw the infant to them. With the SUV sinking fast and time running out, the panicked father hurled the infant 2 meters into the outstretched arms of the onlookers. Luckily, they caught the baby.

The father instantly stumbled into the water himself, only to find that it wasn’t nearly as deep as he had thought.

The man has since been criticized online for fling his child into even greater risk. Still, other web users have defended the father, arguing that it’s easy to make a mistake in such a high-pressure, stressful circumstance.

NOTE:

Step One:  Brace for Impact

If can see that you are headed into the water you can prepare.  The force of hitting the surface might set off your airbag system and so you must be ready.  Keep your hands in a horizontal position on the steering wheel to prevent injury as otherwise, the airbag might push your hands into your face.

Step Two:  Remove your Seatbelt

Undo your seatbelt buckle in order to give yourself room to maneuver, since the seatbelt anchors you to the sinking car.  If your buckle is jammed hold your seatbelt cutter securely and with a swift motion cut your seatbelt vertically.  If you have children in your car, remove your seatbelt first and then that of the oldest child, who can help the others in the backseat.  Instruct them to remain calm and keep breathing normally until the water is chest-level.

Step Three:  Open the Window

It is better to open your side window to escape rather than the door for various reasons.  Opening the door lets water flow in far quicker and makes your car sink faster, especially if the window is still above the waterline.  Also, the water pressure makes opening the door difficult until the car is completely filled with water, which adds excessive risk.  If your power windows stop working firmly strike the glass near a corner with your window hammer.  The onrush of water should not prevent you from climbing out of the cabin.

Step Four:  Exit your Vehicle

Exit arms first; the windows of cars are made with safety glass and are not dangerous when shattered.  Push yourself out of the window and do not kick until clear to prevent hurting other passengers.  If there are children in the car help them leave the car first.  If you have an infant or toddler use the "teddy bear hold" to carry the child to safety.  If you have a pet in the car that can swim, such as a dog, help it get out of the window and it will swim to the surface on its own.

Step Five:  Swim to Safety

Swim to the surface as quickly as possible.  If the water is murky your flashlight can help you find your way; air bubbles will always rise up.  Be wary of objects around you and use floating or fixed supports to help get to the surface.  If your car had fallen through ice look for the hole it made.  Reach solid ground as quickly as possible and check for companions.  Try to keep warm and call or signal for help.  If your phone stopped working and there are no passersby then use your flashlight to shine an SOS signal toward where you expect help to come.

If you can't swim, first, if possible, try not to panic. Panicking will just make everything worse. You will get physically tired fast and risk of drowning.

If there is no one around, I would say your best bet is to lie on your back and try not empty your lungs when you breathe. Your lungs full of air act like a balloon and bring your body to the surface so you float. Your face will remain out of the water. If you completely exhale, your lungs are out of the air and your body will get lower in the water and may go under water.

Then it is likely the water current or waves will bring you to the shore. It may take time depending where you are.

If there is someone around, you should do big signs with your arms to raise an alert. Anyone would understand there is something wrong and would either come and help or call rescuers.

Nguyen Mai Huong

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