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Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 12:10 p.m. MDT

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Fred T
PHOENIX, AZ

Several years ago I was at Supai, AZ in the river that flows from Havasu Falls. We had three adults and a group of boys with us. I don't swim well at all, but I was in waist deep water. I noticed one of the other men drowning. He was next to the third adult in an area where the water was over his head. I couldn't reach the second man, and the third man was oblivious to what was happening. Finally I caught his attention by taking off my shirt and throwing at him. He reached over, that's how close they were to each other, and lifted the drowning man's head out of the water.
The man was drowning and the article is correct, it looks nothing like TV drownings. The second man was dying where he stood, unable to breath or to move.
We were very lucky that day.

Like they say "Pay attention around water!"

gatsby
Murray, utah

Thank you SO MUCH for the article and video. It may well save my life or someone else's. so frightening but SO important!!

Aggie238
Logan, UT

Being a former lifeguard, I can second this story. Drowning is very difficult to spot, even when it's taking place right in front of you. Even the best lifeguard can miss it. Parents: When you take your kid to the pool, don't for one minute take your eye off your children. If you think it's hard keeping track of 3-4 kids, just imagine what the lifeguard is doing trying to keep tabs on 30 or more. Be aware that more drownings happen in the kiddie pool than any other place, so shallow water is no defense.

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