Yeah, drowning people do that. Big emphasis in the lifesaving course—never mind who it is, once they panic they will force you underwater and stand on your shoulders trying to save themselves. It can be your brother, it can be your mother, once they get into that mindset they have no idea who you are. AND THEY DON’T CARE.
Let them get tired out, then approach. We went through a whole bunch of drills where half the class would try to kill the other half, and the “savers” would practice avoidance and fending off the attacker.
It’s nothing personal, it’s just animal panic.
Oh, and we also practiced getting the shit kicked out of us in the water and not panicking. Because if you can’t keep your head, you’re part of the problem. So we got grabbed from behind and put in a stranglehold so we couldn’t breathe, and we had to stay calm and break it. Fun class, fun class…