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Old 06-10-2007, 08:15 AM
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I saw on our local news where a father and his 3 yr old son were on a small sailboat on Lake Keowee in upstate SC on Friday when a gust of wind flipped their boat. Both were wearing life preservers and the Dad saw the little boy and before he could get to him the sailboat sank(reports were it was an 11' sailboat) and it seems the child got tangled in the rigging and was pulled to the bottom with the boat in over 100' of water

I am sure your prayers would be appreciated for this family
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Prayers sent - what a tragedy, the father will have that picture in his mind for the rest of his life, as well as wondering what he could have done differently.

I used to sail dingys (GP14s and Mirrors). It seems strange to hear of one sinking. They all are normally loaded with buoyancy bags or styrofoam.
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Oh, how sad, that has got to be the worst thing a parent can ever go through! Another one of those "freak" accidents...you just never know when your "time" is up. Don't forget to hug and kiss your kids everyday and tell them you love them!
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and with fathers day around the corner.terrible
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Prayers sent, son kissed and hugged.

As Menzies said that father will never shake the sight of losing his son like that while being helpless to do anything other than watch. My heart goes out to him in more ways than one.

I've been on that lake, and it's crystal clear.
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:30 AM
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Let me correct the lake it was lake Jocasse and not Keowee.

I can not imagine what the poor father is going through after witnessing something like that

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Poor man. He'll have a hole in his heart for the rest of his life. He'll never be the same. So sad.

You know, everything in our lives mounts to a hill of beens when it comes to loosing a child. My brother lost his daughter in a single car accident two weeks after she turned 16.
He isn't the same man, and I believe he will never be. It's sort of like a big part of him died with her. Terrible.
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That would be a terrible loss for the family no doubt and prayers have been sent.


But I have to ask, what the hell was the guy thinking taking a 3 yr old out on a 11' sailboat???????? Not a smooth move in my books, a row boat ok, but not a sailboat. I'd be surprised if the guy ever sails again.
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awfull sad,I can't even imagine. this poor dad.

Isn't it mandatory for recreational boats to have flotation, so they can't sink? I believe it is here in Massachusetts.
something like this answers the question why.
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I hate to turn this particular thread into one that does anything but acknowledge this as a tragedy, but I do wonder how a sailboat of all things would sink like that.

Sailboats are designed to be blown over, especially small ones. I'd have to think it was home-made and even then I can't see how it sunk that fast.

I wouldn't think twice about sailing with my 3 year old in my old 14' AquaFinn as long as we both had PFDs. They'd probably just have to lock me up in a rubber room if I lost my son like that or in any other accident which I had a hand in.

God bless that father, but I'm afraid I'd lose my religion over a deal like that.
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How horrible. Our kids all sail and race. One of my sons turtled his boat his first year of sailing school. His foot was tangled in the rigging. Thank God a coach boat saw what was happening and cut him loose. He still races but will not step foot on a small boat. Our youngest (11) is now sailing and racing an opti. I do not want to scare him, but there are lots of times that I hold my breath. His very first regatta at age 7 he yelled "starboard" to a nuclear submarine, expecting them to give way. Another great time for a coach boat to be nearby. All I can say is, God bless this family. I am sure they must be going through hell.
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:36 PM
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It seems that this man was a former Navy guy and had a lot of time on the water. He has restored this boat along with another and spent many hours on the water.

Something happened and the boat overturned and he got his son back in the boat but before he could get in a gust of wind came along and overturned the boat and the child got tangled in the rigging
and the boat sank in over 100' of water and the father could not save the child before the boat went under.

As of last time I saw the news they had still not recovered the boat or child
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just went in and kissed my sleeping girls. Every time I take them out I try to think of all the "what ifs" and prepare for them. Our prayers go out to their family.
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tprice - 6/10/2007 8:36 AM

As of last time I saw the news they had still not recovered the boat or child
oh-boy. that's got to make it 100 fold worse.
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oh-boy. that's got to make it 100 fold worse.

I wish I knew how to post a link to the story but the dad did an interview with the Anderson Indpendent Mail today and it will rip your heart open.
Maybe someone else knows how to do this ??

The Dad tells the story of the entire incident and it seems that the little boy was holding onto his back and when the boat sank it pulled them down and the Dad tried as best he could to save his little son's life but could not free him
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Just go back to the site which carried the story and click on the address in the window at the top of your screen to highlight it. Right click copy, then come back on here and right click paste.

I don't know if I really want to read that as I had a hard time putting it out of my head yesterday. Funny, my wife decided she didn't want to go to the early service at church yesterday as we already had to participate in another church function that would have us miss the normal service. After reading this, I just went by myself and then met up with her and my son for the later deal at church.

No doubt we all have much to be thankful for as not to be in the shoes of that father right now.

Oh well, I saw you logged off, so here you go

http://www.independentmail.com/news/...en-ripped-out/
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I just got off the phone with the reporter who wrote that article. Without divulging too much information, these folks could use financial assistance in addition to our prayers. Just consider how much it could help if we all sent a token $5-10 to show our support in their time of need.

Try putting yourself in that father's shoes and any problems you have in your lives right now should seem pretty small.

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Greer, SC 29652-1029
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:05 PM
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TN, there is a fund started at a local bank...they(the family) don't even know what to do with it. It wasn't started to help the family through any financial hardships, but only as a memorial. Let's keep this off the national headlines....the last thing they want is publicity. Give the family time to grieve and work through this horrible loss, OK?
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:22 PM
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I read this thread the other day and just couldn't respond at the time.

The loss I suffered last September when my own son died in no way rises to the level of tragedy that this family, and particularly this father has to bear.

My most heartfelt sympathies and prayers to this family.
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I will pray for the family. I'm to choked up to write anything else
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