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Old 09-21-2007, 05:51 PM   #11
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There is no indication in that story that the officers could not swim. Only said that the "might not" have been able to swim, not that they knew they couldn't.

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Old 09-21-2007, 05:58 PM   #12
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Very tragic accident, but why weren't the children under parental supervision? Real easy to blame the cops but where was mum?

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Old 09-21-2007, 06:00 PM   #13
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There is no indication in that story that the officers could not swim. Only said that the "might not" have been able to swim, not that they knew they couldn't.
Like I said, not enough details about what happened. Even a weak swimmer will be in trouble trying to rescue a drowning person.
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:19 PM   #14
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Very tragic accident, but why weren't the children under parental supervision? Real easy to blame the cops but where was mum?
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:36 PM   #15
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Well I have no doubt.

I'd be straight in, no debate.

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Old 09-21-2007, 06:50 PM   #16
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Too bad there wasn't another heroic eight year old boy around instead of....

I'd be in so quick you'd get a mouthful of water when you opened your mouth to ask, 'Who is that?'

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Old 09-21-2007, 07:10 PM   #17
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I don't have training....you don't need training......you just do it.

These plastic coppers are worthless...
No, you don't "just do it". Saving someone from drowning is not the same as being able to get into the water. They're thrashing around, panicking. Any lifeguard at any pool knows how to do it. The training for it is pretty intense.

So, no, it's not as simple as just doing it, any more than performing CPR is as simple as just doing it. And with this, you do have something to lose.
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There is no indication in that story that the officers could not swim. Only said that the "might not" have been able to swim, not that they knew they couldn't.
If that's the case, then a pox on their souls.
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Old 09-21-2007, 07:57 PM   #19
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No, you don't "just do it". Saving someone from drowning is not the same as being able to get into the water. They're thrashing around, panicking. Any lifeguard at any pool knows how to do it. The training for it is pretty intense.

So, no, it's not as simple as just doing it, any more than performing CPR is as simple as just doing it. And with this, you do have something to lose.
For me it is that simple.

I am trained and do know the dangers and recommended procedures but it is MY call in a situation like that.
I know the risks but regardless of that it is a case of If I see a child in trouble I'll go 200%.
I am not the kind of person who can walk on by.
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:15 PM   #20
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I'm with you Orfy, if a kid is drowning I'm going in the water without giving it a second thought. I can swim, I'm no rescue diver or anything but I can swim better than a drowning kid so that means I'm going to try and help the kid

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