Created By: ralphmerridew1 on March 29, 2011

Swimming Is the First Resort

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In lifesaving, they teach that, when somebody is in danger of drowning, swimming out to them is a last resort. ("Reach Throw Row Go").

In fiction, somebody will immediately jump out to swim after them, instead of, say, grabbing a shepherd's crook or throwing a life preserver out to the victim.
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  • March 30, 2011
    HyperZ
    If this trope goes anywhere, examples should only include cases where reaching, throwing, or rowing are actually options. If there is no long object, floating object, or watercraft nearby, it shouldn't count due to being justified, and I imagine such examples would far outnumber the non-justified cases.

    As for WHY there tend to not be alternatives available in fiction, we have the Rule Of Drama to thank for that.
  • March 30, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Falls under Television Is Trying To Kill You index? (grr... misspelled again)
  • March 30, 2011
    MorganWick
    "Us".
  • March 30, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
  • March 30, 2011
    Aminatep
    Truth In Television. A group of drunk jackasses in my town were on a bridge, one of them jumped off because it was cool, and lost conciousness from the impact, then drowned. Another one immediately jumped in to save him.
  • March 30, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^A} Thats more of a Troper Tale. B) Considering they were on a bridge, there really was no other option available, since I doubt said bridge came equipped with lifesavers.
  • March 30, 2011
    StarryEyed
    YuGiOh: In one of the earliest episodes, Weevil throws Yugi's Exodia cards overboard and Joey dives after them. Stupid, yes, but typical hotheaded Joey. What's less excusable is that Yugi dives in right after him, despite the fact that Yugi is nearly half Joey's size and not at all athletic. Luckily, Tea and Tristan were smarter and throw them a rope ladder before they both drown.
    • Justified, however, in the Battle City arc, when Joey must again be rescued from drowning, because he was chained to an anchor, making any rescue besides diving in and un-locking him impossible.

    Edit: Right you are. Fixed.
  • March 30, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^Thats not averted. That's justified.
  • April 1, 2011
    ralphmerridew1
    My point is that you rarely see a fictional character consider steps 1-3 by looking around for an object. The dramatic swimming rescue is almost reflexive.
  • April 1, 2011
    MegTheMaggot
    • More Truth In Television: A bunch of teenagers were out swimming in a river. One of them got swept out, and the others went out after him, one by one. There were about 10 of them, all but one drowned.
  • April 1, 2011
    Rolf
  • April 1, 2011
    Rolf
    oops
  • April 18, 2011
    ralphmerridew1
    bump
  • May 31, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
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