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Old 03-12-2013, 09:32 PM   #136
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Heartbreaking story and every parents' nightmare.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:54 PM   #137
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This is so sad, prayers for the family are what's needed. .

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Old 03-12-2013, 10:41 PM   #138
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Truly a nightmare of unimaginable proportions. Prayers and love are sent to them in abundance. God, my heart aches.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:02 PM   #139
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This is incredibly sad. I became a certified lifeguard when I was 16 (only a few years older than the young man) and a certified swim instructor at 17. It was challenging but worth the experience I gained. Even for all the training, sometimes there is nothing you can do. I hope the family can find some strength in this difficult time.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:55 AM   #140
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So sad.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:27 AM   #141
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I had nightmares about this last night...This type of accident/tragedy really shakes me to the core. I pray for this family.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:31 AM   #142
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Came across this to help the family on facebook through a military family network.

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Old 03-13-2013, 09:32 AM   #143
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Came across this to help the family on facebook through a military family network.

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This is really interesting, but can you verify it?
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #144
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Unfortunately, it looks as though the boy passed. Does anyone know if he had a seizure? With some forms of epilepsy, seizures start right at puberty which he was right at this age. So, so sad.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:55 AM   #145
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This is a horrible, horrible situation, every parent's worst nightmare.

It was a accident, the young man did not intend to get hurt.

But lessons can always be learned. I was a life guard and water safety instructor and pools are dangerous. It only takes inches to drown.

There is absolutely no blame to be put on Disney. It is swim at "your own risk" when lifeguards are not there, just as it is at most all hotels that don't even have lifeguards at all. It would be so expensive to have guards there all the time, so the solution would be to make room rates higher or close pools completely when no guard is there.

Parents and individuals have to assume that risk.

As a parent, you can teach your child that pools are dangerous. That you don't run, you don't dive, and you don't rough house and you have a buddy system.

Drowning victims make no noise: This is a great article that everyone especially parents need to read. http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/

And out of respect and memory of this young man, learn something from this, and do not ever send a small child to a pool without a parent. The things I have seen at Disney pools make me shudder.

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Agree with everything you said! I was a lifeguard from age 15 to 21. I was always amazed at the parents who would send their kids, some under 10, to the pool for the lifeguards to "babysit." I actually had one mom tell me that! Luckily, the pool was never crowded so it wasn't an issue and it was the late 80's when things seemed so much more simple.

I hope that this incident will make ALL parents think twice about appropriate pool safety. Like someone else above said, you can drown in an inch of water. Doesn't matter how much water Disney takes out of a pool (mentioned in a post above somewhere) if they aren't completely EMPTY, you can drown.

God Bless the family of this precious young boy who is gone way too early.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:55 AM   #146
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This is really interesting, but can you verify it?
All I can tell you is that I got it from a friend who is a friend of a family member. I will try to get something more concrete.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:18 AM   #147
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Thanks I did not know this.

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:43 AM   #148
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Oh no, that's so terrible to hear he didn't make it. I had been following the story and was so hoping to hear some good news. Absolutely heartbreaking.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:51 AM   #149
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Unfortunately, it looks as though the boy passed. Does anyone know if he had a seizure? With some forms of epilepsy, seizures start right at puberty which he was right at this age. So, so sad.
This is all so so sad, and hits so closely to home. I was wondering the same thing, luvdisney77. My son had a seizure at swim lessons a couple summers ago.

Whatever the reason, it's such a tragedy and my heart breaks for the little brother and family.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:00 AM   #150
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I hope that if any good can come out of this horrible tragedy, that maybe Disney will revisit its policies regarding having unattended pools. As good as parents can be about watching their children, as has been mentioned many times in this thread, ANYONE can drown without it looking like a movie drowning. Paid professionals should always be there.
I disagree (re: "paid professionals..."). Accidents happen - it's a fact of life. My guess if any change in policy comes about, it will be closure of the pools when lifeguards go off duty (not predicting it, just saying the more likely outcome of two options).

No matter what, I know my heart breaks for the family!
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