Join Date: Nov 2008
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Drowning: "It was only a minute"
While not sailing, this was a water death, I think it's relevant. Today I responded to a report of a child pulled from a pool, not breathing. Cops were there very quickly, I drove 80 and got there fourth. CPR was started immediately, but he was cool, and his eyes were rolled back, unresponsive. FD ambulance arrived quickly, picked him up, on oxygen, started an IV. His grandmother told me "it was only a minute". He'd gone out a side door into the garage, which was open when his aunt left. The latch on the pool gate was open. His brother, maybe 7, asked "is he dead?", mommy will be mad at me". When the mother arrived home and saw the police cars, and our faces, she collapsed, screaming "where's my baby!?". She also had to be hospitalized. The child died. He was three years old.
If you have a pool, put a lock on the gate. Consider a pool alarm. If you take your children boating, put life jackets on them. When you drive your car, keep them in car seats, or belted if old enough. Don't underestimate the ability of small children to open doors or gates.
Save the children.