I post this link, because two weeks ago I saved a little girl from this exact description. I was swimming at the local public lake with my two children. There are lifeguards, as well as numerous parents. While playing around, we saw our little friend Nicholas. Excited to see him, I swam up slowly and tapped his shoulder, and smiled when he turned around. I said, "Where's your sister?" and we both began to look around. 10 feet away, I saw her bulging eyes glassed over, and her mouth covered in water. She had either been pushed, or walked just a bit too far, to water that was too deep for her to handle. Her eyes were locked on her dad, who was on shore, and she was wiggling to try and get to shallower water. Without another breath all I could do was shout "SARAH!" and I darted towards her. 10 feet seemed like forever, and I have experienced being scared for a child, but nothing like this. I ripped her from the water and she clenched to my body. And she just cried. It really broke my heart. After gaining my composure, I realize that standing no more than 2 feet from her were FOUR parents. None of them knew what was happening until it happened. Had I not seen her, I'm not sure what would have happened. I blamed them at first, but then I realized that her situation was completely silent.
I want everyone to be aware, that struggling to stay above water is an almost motionless & silent situation. It's not the thrashing and screaming for help that you see on TV. So I ask that you please read this article through, and understand the dangers that a body of water can bring. Even the strongest swimmers can fall victim.
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