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Old 06-12-2019, 06:10 AM
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I think some here have no idea how fast swimming really isn't. The current 400m world record freestyle is about three and a half minutes. if you do the math you'll find that's barely over four miles per hour which is pretty much a brisk walk. It's between the wind and the current that raft is moving 4 miles an hour even an Olympic swimmer would be hard-pressed to catch up with it.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
Bottom line, for me at least, is if that's my kid, in that scenario, I'm going out and bringing him in, period. I just am.

Not a trained lifeguard but a better than average ocean swimmer.

Im not a blowhard, I'm not trying to be some keyboard tough guy, just seems pretty straightforward to me.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:17 AM
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Those guys have a lot of down time and get really board, let them train. Kid was safe on a float in calm water so I probably would have just watched the show. Having almost died myself in a rip I would have to thoroughly evaluate the situation before swimming out.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Restrain View Post
In this particular instance, with a wind and tide going out, they should have had the float roped off just to keep something like this happening. The Atlantic is NOT the Gulf, with rough seas, etc.
Roped off to what exactly?

You could run it up onto the beach I guess, but the current is just going to swing it around anyway and the rope will get all caught up in everyone swimming.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Me Tarzan View Post
Those guys have a lot of down time and get really board, let them train. Kid was safe on a float in calm water so I probably would have just watched the show. Having almost died myself in a rip I would have to thoroughly evaluate the situation before swimming out.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:16 AM
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Geez! Nobody had a gun? Bang - deflate the thing and it would stop floating away.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
Just to clarify, you guys are mostly saying wouldn't try and swim out to help a kid, you'd call in the pros from shore and watch it unfold?

Huh.
Depends how far from shore and how fast it is drifting. This happens all the time and they wind up also having to rescue the person who got in over their head trying to get to the kids, who at least are safely on an inflatable. Had a death here I think two years back in this exact scenario.

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to clarify. I was an ocean lifeguard for 10 yrs I wouldn't take that swim without a float or on a board. And I have around 15 riptide rescues. Kids on a float average swimmer is putting themselves at risk.
Was a lifeguard as well, but only 2 summers. Ditto.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:39 AM
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Even in my mid 50's I know I could have done a backstroke and gotten to this kid within a couple or few minutes time. Not one adult could swim out and pull/swim him back in?

http://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/rescu...215124300.html
I agree you would make it out but you would seriously struggle to make it back in.Mitch Bucannon would have a tuff time and he's the best!
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Who the hell puts a swimming pool unicorn float in the ocean? Someone from Ohio......
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:03 AM
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I live and surf here in NC. It seems like clockwork, we get local news of drownings. Happens all the time, one person in distress, another tries to swim and rescue, and they end up drowned too.

Its a valiant effort, but after serving on the beach rescue squad in Surf City for a couple summers, i can tell you how fast a good person can become a dead person.

Kid was safe on his float. For once the news is good. No reason to condemn the parents or other beach people. All it takes is one person to try to be a hero, then there is a kid who still gets rescued and a grieving family.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:04 AM
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They had three rescues two weeks ago in one week. Unicorns ,Flamingos, Swans. Hell might be Pogies next.

These were on a couple beaches just up from us. Not all of them make the news.

Don't know where they were from, but people do not respect the ocean.

Much different than swimming in a lake which most all of these people are probably the most familiar with.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:40 AM
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And once again , the true definition of what constitutes a "Yankee" has been stomped on by people who never ever came close to being one . They may have lived in the NE at one point , maybe even born here , but if they were a real Yankee they'd have never moved south...
Correct. Yankees visit the South. Damn Yankees move South.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Ohio-ites aren't Yankees. They're midwesterners.

I'm qualified to make this declaration; my wife is from Ohio, and I wouldn't marry a Yankee. But they have invaded our coastal shores worse than any other state (but at least they go home).



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Best part of the story:

“The young man did an amazing job of staying calm and remaining on the float,” Oak Island Water Rescue said in a Facebook post. “When Boat 4491 reached him, he told the crew not to pop the unicorn float or they would get in trouble.”
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Originally Posted by REMfish7 View Post
Best part of the story:

“The young man did an amazing job of staying calm and remaining on the float,” Oak Island Water Rescue said in a Facebook post. “When Boat 4491 reached him, he told the crew not to pop the unicorn float or they would get in trouble.”
Yah good luck with that... I knew a guy who got sucked offshore windsurfing, somehow, something broke and couldn't even paddle parallel to shore. It was getting dark and we were losing visual from the beach. Anyway... When the CG helicopter finally found him (lucky!) they made him ditch the board. That was over 25 years ago but would just be considered mean these days.

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Originally Posted by Me Tarzan View Post
Yah good luck with that... I knew a guy who got sucked offshore windsurfing, somehow, something broke and couldn't even paddle parallel to shore. It was getting dark and we were losing visual from the beach. Anyway... When the CG helicopter finally found him (lucky!) they made him ditch the board. That was over 25 years ago but would just be considered mean these days.
Uummm, it was an eight year old.
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Originally Posted by REMfish7 View Post
Uummm, it was an eight year old.




8 YEAR OLD!
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post

i forget the statistic now, but years ago when I was trained life guard, I remember like 1/3 of the people who drown are actually attempting to rescue a swimmer in trouble.
Here's a quote from an earlier linked story.

" The National Weather Service says 16 people died in the North Carolina surf in 2018. Nine of them were caught in rip currents, and four were would-be rescuers."
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Not surpising at all. I spent 5 years as a guard on Long Beach Island NJ and had to get people on rafts several times during work and after hours went we left the beach.
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
Here's a quote from an earlier linked story.

" The National Weather Service says 16 people died in the North Carolina surf in 2018. Nine of them were caught in rip currents, and four were would-be rescuers."
a drowning person will pull you under - you better pass them something. I had to save a kid once without a rescue can and he kept trying to pull me under I told him calm the hell down or you are gonna drown son. In training one of our tests was being able to escape from a bear hug. I kicked the instructor in the balls to get hi to let go.
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