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Deeman3
08-03-2010, 12:28 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. Six teenagers from at least two families drowned in the Red River in northwest Louisiana after they stepped off a ledge from shallow water into a 18-foot sinkhole Monday, fire officials said.

Shreveport Fire Chief Brian Crawford told the Shreveport Times that the victims, aged 13 to 18, had drowned while trying to save each other. Only one, a 14-year-old, was rescued.

Emergency crews on both sides of the river responded to reports of a single person drowning before 6:30 p.m., just south of the area in Charles and Marie Hamel Memorial Park. It took fire officials about 10 minutes to locate the sinkhole, and that's when they learned there were multiple victims.

Dive teams from Shreveport and Bossier fire departments, as well as members of the Caddo Parish sheriff's office, searched the water about an hour before recovering the first body. By 10:30 p.m., all the bodies were recovered.

None could swim
Marilyn Robinson, a friend of the families, watched helplessly as the children, five boys and a girl, went under, the Times reported.

"None of us could swim," the 38-year-old told the newspaper. "They were yelling 'help me, help me. Somebody please help me.' It was nothing I could do but watch them drown one by one."

With tears rolling down her face, Louise Edwards, another witness, added: "It was hard watching them and not being able to help. Some people tried to jump in, but they were already gone. It's like a nightmare. Lord please help us, please."


<span style="color: #FF0000">What a human tragedy! 6 young people drowned just out having a little fun on the weekend with their family.

What shocked me was the comments by the people reading this story, some blaming the kids and parents because they could not swim. Some ranting about how easy it is to learn to swim all the way to many just truning it into a race issue. How disgusting for us if this is now the human condition. How can you not feel for the tragic loss of life.

The real part of the story was that one child fell in and all the others, one-by-one, not knowing how to swim, jumped in and made a heroic effort to save the others, the one who originally fell in being the only survivor. How tough is this for him?

Two families, forever haunted by this and the guilt the adults must feel, not being able to swim or help?

I have had as much venom for those who fall short as a culture or when i see a collective failure of people but how can your hearet not be touched by the self-sacrifice these young kids tried, in vain, to help their brothers and sisters?

I pray for these kids, their familes and especially for those who would use this as a chance to belittle them or their sad, sad situation right now. Surely we are better than that.

God bless them all and may He give them strength.

It could be any of our families. </span>

pooltchr
08-03-2010, 11:15 PM
It is indeed a very sad situation, but I have to wonder how so many people who admittedly don't know how to swim would think it a good idea to take the kids to the river and let them play in the water.

If any good can come of this, maybe more people will take the time to make sure their kids learn this reletively simple skill, and even better, maybe they will take the time to learn themselves.

With that many people around, it is just beyond comprehension how nobody knew how to swim.

A very strange, and very sad story that probably never really had to happen.

Steve

Qtec
08-04-2010, 12:21 AM
Tragic.

Over here all kids are taught to swim from an early age at school. Its logical because we have a lot of canals. I live in the city centre and from my house there are 2 canals within 200 yards.

OTOH, I can't understand that a parent would not teach their child to swim.

Q

Stretch
08-04-2010, 02:02 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Tragic.

Over here all kids are taught to swim from an early age at school. Its logical because we have a lot of canals. I live in the city centre and from my house there are 2 canals within 200 yards.

OTOH, I can't understand that a parent would not teach their child to swim.

Q </div></div>

I agree. Crawl, walk, swim. St.

Qtec
08-04-2010, 02:33 AM
Kids are attracted to water, that's just a fact. Knowing that, I think its irresponsible for parents not to teach their kids to swim.

Q

Qtec
08-04-2010, 02:49 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If any good can come of this, maybe more people will take the time to make sure their kids learn this reletively simple skill, and even better, maybe they will take the time to learn themselves.
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If the parents can't swim, the chance that they teach their kids to is slim. That is if its left up to the parents.

In Holland it was the same. We have a lot of water. Kids were drowing in 3 ft of water.
Then the Socialist Govt decreed that learning to swim was a necessity and if the parents wouldn't do it, the State would. It then became a part of the school curriculum.

As a child, you are attracted to water.
As an adult who can't swim, you are afraid of water.[ ever watch the Dog Whisperer?]


I was in the Bahamas long ago.
I went snorkelling in the reefs.
Amazing.
I would never deny anyone that opportunity, especially my child .

Q

Deeman3
08-04-2010, 07:50 AM
Q,

I know the canals are everywhere there. As well, all of your citizens are very close to the sea, no matter where they live, open water is a short distance away. As well, Holland is well known as a seafaring nation.

I bet, just a guess, that many of the imigrants there may not have swimming skills, seeing where many come form but I assume their kids will all learn through the programs you speak of.

Sev
08-04-2010, 09:51 AM
Truly tragic.

I have been a water rat since I was 6 months old. I have always found instances such as this tough to fathom. Swimming is just so natural to me.

Sev
08-04-2010, 09:54 AM
I did some snorkeling down in St Barths. Great time.

Some things to note.
Dont follow a sea turtle to the bottom.
And dont swim into the middle of a school of young barracuda.

Just saying.

Deeman3
08-04-2010, 09:57 AM
I love snorkeling and DeeWoman and I did some on our recent cruise. I love scuba diving but she has trouble with her ears so i just snorkel with her. The view of her from behind makes it worth the effort.

Damn, it is nice to still think your old lady is the sexiest thing alive. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Sev
08-04-2010, 10:09 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I love snorkeling and DeeWoman and I did some on our recent cruise. I love scuba diving but she has trouble with her ears so i just snorkel with her. The view of her from behind makes it worth the effort.

Damn, it is nice to still think your old lady is the sexiest thing alive. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif </div></div>

HAHHAHAHA!!!
And did she experience a shark attack while snorkeling??? I hear they attack from the rear. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Chopstick
08-04-2010, 11:13 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I did some snorkeling down in St Barths. Great time.

Some things to note.
Dont follow a sea turtle to the bottom.
And dont swim into the middle of a school of young barracuda.

Just saying.

</div></div>

I don't get it. What makes following a sea turtle dangerous? The depth?

Deeman3
08-04-2010, 12:20 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">[/quote]

HAHHAHAHA!!!
And did she experience a shark attack while snorkeling??? I hear they attack from the rear. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif </div></div>

<span style="color: #FF0000"> Actually, I could not blame a shark for attacking her from that direction as I have to say, it is just too tempting to me as well. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

She never did get to see a shark but I will keep her at it until she does. We were just sorta stuck with the area they had us in near the beached in Cosmel. Yep, pretty boring as underwater trips go but I wantedher to be near shore on her first couple of dives until I could assure myslef she's be o.k. She is not a natural swimmer like us but did fine after her initial uncertainty. I am a certified instructor (NASDS) but have not taught anyone in years. I'll get her in a pool and then do an open water near the end of Summer. My hope is that she takes as well to Scuba as she did to the snorkel. It should be a snap as she has total trust in me. Time will tell if she can overcome the ear equalization issue. I think it is just her need to get more comfortable in the water. The only time I put a regulator in her mouth, she had never, ever been under water so, as you know, with the new environment, dealing with the breathing and even the leaking of a mask that did not fit perfectly, she was not all that good at holding her nose and blowing to clear her ears.

Besides the bikes, this gives us another thing to do when I retire if it works out. If not, she can sit in the casinos while I find a dive partner. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif</span>