Drowning is a Fast and Silent Killer!
Lisa and I were both fortunate to grow up with swimming pools and spend time on the water at local lakes and beaches. We appreciate how much fun swimming and water sports can be, especially on a hot summer day. Here’s a picture of me being tossed by my dad way back in the day at the Saddle and Surrey Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. I’d like to think that to this day, I still show the same level of enthusiasm on my face when I answer ready for a jury trial :-)
With Summer just around the corner, we think it’s important for you to know how dangerous swimming in a pool, spa, ocean, lake and river, can be and what steps can be taken to avoid injuries and drownings. The Orange County, California, drowning cases we’ve helped families with over the past three decades were the motivation behind this post. Hopefully, this information will help save lives.
A Tragic Drowning Case
Most people are not aware of the deadly fact that drownings happen quickly, are usually silent, and can happen to anyone. We’ve represented very good and responsible Orange County families who have tragically lost children to drownings in a backyard pools, Jacuzzis, and public lakes. Without exception, they never saw the tragic drowning coming.
Before we share specific safety tips, we want to share the tragic case of an 18-year-old high school senior, and sport star, who drowned in Lake Mission Viejo. A family lost a beautiful son and brother who was in excellent shape, a high school track start, and in the prime of his life.
In fact, this young man was so talented and such a good athlete that he was on his way to college on a full track scholarship. At the time of his death, the victim was swimming with friends and with lifeguards present.
Here’s how his death happened. While swimming out to a floating dock on the lake, our client’s son experienced severe cramping. His cousin who was swimming near him saw the young man raise his hands for a moment and then within 10-20 seconds, sink under the water. There was no sound.
The lifeguards failed to pay attention and were not even aware their was a problem despite the victim’s cousin screaming for help (unlike the movies, in real life most drowning victims don’t scream- more on this below).
This particular loss raised our awareness of just how quickly a drowning can take place and how it can happen to anyone. Drowning tragedies can happen even when lifeguards are in the area. It truly is a silent and fast death!