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Old 05-08-2013, 08:43 AM   #316
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The pictures tear my heart out. If only...
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:34 AM   #317
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Updated article posted on the Orlando Sentinel today:

Disney Fantasy: Near-drowning of Chase Lykken 'tragic accident,' police say

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...,7983671.story
This is so very sad.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #318
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Poor Chase. This story is very sad.

I do want to make a comment, though. From the looks of those photos, the pools are not THAT crowded. Honestly, they were at least that crowded (and really, more so) on the cruise we went on last year. I was expecting people to be shoulder to shoulder in there, and it wasn't like that at all. I'm very surprised that Chase was under water for an estimated 6 minutes before anyone noticed.

This story is a tragic reminder that you cannot let little ones out of your sight/reach in this kind of situation. Sad, but true. Not trying to judge, but when your child is 4, you get IN the water with them, even in the Mickey Pool. Watching from the sidelines when there are that many people is a bad idea.
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Poor Chase. This story is very sad.

I do want to make a comment, though. From the looks of those photos, the pools are not THAT crowded. Honestly, they were at least that crowded (and really, more so) on the cruise we went on last year. I was expecting people to be shoulder to shoulder in there, and it wasn't like that at all. I'm very surprised that Chase was under water for an estimated 6 minutes before anyone noticed.

This story is a tragic reminder that you cannot let little ones out of your sight/reach in this kind of situation. Sad, but true. Not trying to judge, but when your child is 4, you get IN the water with them, even in the Mickey Pool. Watching from the sidelines when there are that many people is a bad idea.
I may be remembering it wrong, but i don't think so. I read a first hand account, that when he slipped away from them and they realized he was gone, they were frantically searching for him. They were never just watching on the sideline.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:43 AM   #320
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I may be remembering it wrong, but i don't think so. I read a first hand account, that when he slipped away from them and they realized he was gone, they were frantically searching for him. They were never just watching on the sideline.
I've cruised twice with my DD4...I don't understand how he was able to "slip away" like that, and end up at the pool? The only time my daughter wasn't with me was when she was at the kids club.

Don't get me wrong, it's tragic and horrible and I can't imagine the heartache they are going through; but at the same time, I hope a little good comes of this in that parents pay far more attention to their kids, especially in a place where water is easily accessible to everyone.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #321
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I can see how he was able slip away, little kids are fast....my DS(10) was like that when he was smaller. You could turn away for a second and he would be gone, lost in the crowd. It's terrifying when you can't find them. All kids are different, some wander, some don't. But being the parent of one wanderer and a child that did slip into a pool when we were right there, I can totally see how this could happen. I am sure that is what happened here, he slipped away, somehow got lost in the crowd and somehow ended up in the pool.

Drowning is quiet, not like what you see in the movies. My oldest son (27) when he was small probably like 3 or 4, managed to slip into my godmothers pool and we were right there. He was playing on the steps and the third step was above his head and right under he went. Quiet, no splash, no scream - nothing. Thank goodness we were right there.

Anyway, we continue to pray for Chase and his family.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #322
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Drowning is quiet, not like what you see in the movies. My oldest son (27) when he was small probably like 3 or 4, managed to slip into my godmothers pool and we were right there. He was playing on the steps and the third step was above his head and right under he went. Quiet, no splash, no scream - nothing. Thank goodness we were right there.
I have to second the above statement. Our son, now 6, almost drown when we was 4. We were at a hotel & our boys were playing in the hot tub in their little float tubes. The adults were sitting & talking. All at once my husband & I saw, out of the corner of our eye, our son slip through his float tube & sink to the bottom of the hot tub. I'm sure that the shock on my face was only a fraction of a second before we jumped & ran into the hot tub, in our cloths, & grabbed our coughing 4 year old out of the hot tub. It was so silent when he went to the bottom of the hot tub. Almost as if he had done it on purpose, but we knew that he couldn't swim. If we were a little more distracted or facing the other direction who knows what could have happened.

I think that it is not good to point the finger at who's fault it is at this time. This is such a sad, sad situation & we know that these parents love their son very much. All we can do now is pray. Accidents happen & that's why they are called accidents. I'm sure that the parents place enough blame on themselves & all they need at this time are prayers from all of us for their family.
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I have to second the above statement. Our son, now 6, almost drown when we was 4. We were at a hotel & our boys were playing in the hot tub in their little float tubes. The adults were sitting & talking. All at once my husband & I saw, out of the corner of our eye, our son slip through his float tube & sink to the bottom of the hot tub. I'm sure that the shock on my face was only a fraction of a second before we jumped & ran into the hot tub, in our cloths, & grabbed our coughing 4 year old out of the hot tub. It was so silent when he went to the bottom of the hot tub. Almost as if he had done it on purpose, but we knew that he couldn't swim. If we were a little more distracted or facing the other direction who knows what could have happened.

I think that it is not good to point the finger at who's fault it is at this time. This is such a sad, sad situation & we know that these parents love their son very much. All we can do now is pray. Accidents happen & that's why they are called accidents. I'm sure that the parents place enough blame on themselves & all they need at this time are prayers from all of us for their family.
I agree with this. We have a pool and last year we were sitting on the steps with our three year old twins. One got out and we turned around to help her get situated and turned back around to see that the other one had stepped off of the last step and just sank under water looking up to the sky. No splashing, no arm movements to try to stay up, no kicking, nothing. It was only a second or two but I am still haunted by that look. It only takes a second. In addition, I have had moments where I had the twins with me trying to get things done and one slips away in a split second. That heart dropping feeling comes and panic sets in. Luckily they are usually just behind a clothes rack, etc. but it can happen so quickly. There but for the grace of God go I. Thank you God for blessing me.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:16 PM   #324
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NO matter how vigilant you are it only takes a second for a little one to slip away. We lost our daughter at a park in Houston many years ago. I held on to her hand the whole time and then let it go long enough to pay for something at a register. In that short time, someone got between us, she couldnt see me and wandered out the store. She was missing for a terrifying 15 mins. Fortunately we had drilled in her head from the time we walked into the park that if we got separated exactly who she was to go to and they would bring her back to us. Thats what she did, she went to a worker and told them she was lost. It happens, hopefully the ones that have never had this happen to them and are sitting in judgment of others, will never have it happen to them.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:31 PM   #325
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I've cruised twice with my DD4...I don't understand how he was able to "slip away" like that, and end up at the pool? The only time my daughter wasn't with me was when she was at the kids club.

Don't get me wrong, it's tragic and horrible and I can't imagine the heartache they are going through; but at the same time, I hope a little good comes of this in that parents pay far more attention to their kids, especially in a place where water is easily accessible to everyone.
When we went on our first cruise we went to the buffet. Our two year old daughter was able to run under the tables and we quickly lost track of her. She managed to exit the back of the buffet and could of well ended up in a pool if not for the quick actions of staff in the buffet. So yes, in an unfamiliar environment, with tons of people and tons of distractions your child can quickly get away from you. Ours was a good kid who normally did not do that sort of thing but got overstimulated.
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This thread is for sharing positive thoughts and prayers for the little boy only. All other discussions regarding how/why it happened can take place on the threads that have been moved over to the Community Board.

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This thread is for sharing positive thoughts and prayers for the little boy only. All other discussions regarding how/why it happened can take place on the threads that have been moved over to the Community Board.

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Maybe you should have told that to the person who shared the link to the article with the photos. Posting something like that opens up a new dialogue.
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Another Prayer Warrior checking back in.

We continue to pray for both Chase and his Family.

Our love and support continues to go out to them.
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This thread is for sharing positive thoughts and prayers for the little boy only. All other discussions regarding how/why it happened can take place on the threads that have been moved over to the Community Board.

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Thanks for reminding folks, Jill! That definitely was my intention. You have a great name, btw! (Mine, too! )
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Maybe you should have told that to the person who shared the link to the article with the photos. Posting something like that opens up a new dialogue.
Oh please, let's not get this thread shut down.

The update tonight was very 'real' and more descriptive then any update before.

When reading it, you can almost feel Chase' fight. He's in there. He's putting up a fight. Little sweet boy. He got a hair cut.
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