xanadian: Kind of ironic to name it "Stillwater," eh?
Jim_Callahan: First appropriate use of the [hero] tag I've ever seen on Fark. Good job on that one.
Rogue Surf: If a panicked and drowning swimmer grabs you (first instinct) and pushes you down (and thus themselves up) Go Down! - they will not follow and will let go
sweet-daddy-2: Two hero stories in one week? Have I missed any more? Is this a new trend on FARK? Are we going to lose boobies,dummies,and general nonsense? Heroes are great,but they remind me of what I'm not. Dumbness shows me what I have to watch for.And boobies are just great to see.More boobs,please.
Zulgaines: [i.imgur.com image 600x398]
OnlyM3: In other newsPolice and fire officials watch man drown
ScotterOtter: I can honestly say that I would have done the exact same thing when i was their age. Now, married with kids...not a chance
Rogue Surf: Too many times the "hero" ends up drowning as the panicked swimmer will grab and push them under trying to stay afloat. Knowing basic lifesaving in the water is essential. I have been on rivers where the distressed swimmers made it and the person who went to help didn't! Fast water river and rapid swimming is fun, but you better know what you are doing, and what the dangers are! If a panicked and drowning swimmer grabs you (first instinct) and pushes you down (and thus themselves up) Go Down! - they will not follow and will let go - get behind them and put them in a headlock and only then swim to safety - anything else is too dangerous to the both of you!
titwrench: I took rescue course as a kid and actually had to use it once on the Kern River. Scary shiat that is.
Crewmannumber6: I've done this before (the swimming across a swift current to save someone part), it's harder than it sounds.
Rogue Surf: Titwrench...Ah, the deadly Kern River in CA, that, and the "Numbers" in Colorado are well known for causing the most carnage and drownings year after year in Class V water! My daughter at 11 or 12 actually saved a small child from the deep-end of a pool when some mommy "looked away" and was busy for just a few moments! I beleve she hasnow been in 4-5 boat flips over the years and was taught to swim very well at an early age!
bmihura: I'm only a half-decent swimmer and hope I would have tried this too rather than chickening out. If I would have drowned I'd be OK with that when on the other side.
Jim_Callahan: bmihura: I'm only a half-decent swimmer and hope I would have tried this too rather than chickening out. If I would have drowned I'd be OK with that when on the other side.Maybe take some swimming lessons if you live somewhere where this has the potential to happen?Knowing basic first aid/rescue for your home terrain is kind of an important life skill, it's one of the reasons that Boy Scouts were so popular when I was a kid. Though now they seem to be focused on homophobia and you no longer have to actually go through camp training to gain ranks, so I dunno... maybe try going to/sending your kids to the Red Cross events? I know they do at least CPR and basic rescue refreshers.//Though, like I said, roughest water you get in my area is about half a foot of chop so pulling a non-swimmer dumb enough to fall out of a boat to shore is much simpler, you just have to keep them basically afloat and shift them a couple hundred yards, which can be done with a crawl stroke at arm's length.
1nsanilicious: In related news, a 4 yr old who fell into a coma shortly after rescuing a drowning 3 yr old because he nearly drowned himself, was just taken off life support in my city. His organs are being donated but the family needs help with medical bills.They have a goal of $10,000 and people have given $6,500 so far.You can read about it and find the donation link if you have the ability to help this little hero's familyLink to story of the little angel of the pool
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