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#573956 - 07/10/20 12:58 AM Local Lake tragedy  
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A sad situation yesterday at Lake Piru, one of our closest lakes.

A 4 year old boy found alone on a rental pontoon.

Haven't located the mom's presumed remains yet.

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/202...a-missing-lake-piru-4-year-old-son-safe/

Sad all around. frown


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#573957 - 07/10/20 09:30 AM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Terrible tragedy


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#573961 - 07/10/20 07:56 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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I read about that in several different places. Did they recover the boy's mother?


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#573962 - 07/10/20 08:40 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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No. Not yet.

Water is poor visibility.

Dive teams out and now brought in sonar gear and cadaver (sp?) dogs.


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#573964 - 07/11/20 09:50 AM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Terrible news. I hope the child doesn't guilt themselves over this tragedy.


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#573965 - 07/11/20 08:49 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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The thought of a 4 year old waiting on the boat for his mother to return is so terribly sad. God speed to all involved.

#573973 - 07/12/20 08:56 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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Originally Posted by Dock Holiday
The thought of a 4 year old waiting on the boat for his mother to return is so terribly sad. God speed to all involved.


That breaks my heart.


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#573975 - 07/13/20 12:51 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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I can say with about 99% sureness that I know exactly what happened, as this (I believe) exact scenario has happened to us TWICE-

my stepson and his kids was with their dad in his anchored boat on Rockport. Grandpa decides to go for a swim, no jacket. Wind picks up, starts blowing grandpa away. Anthony's never driven a boat, and can't find a throwable because Grandpa is too anal to keep them out in plain sight. He tries throwing a jacket, that doesn't work. He puts on a jacket to go after his dad, wind blows him away, and grandpa's way out now. 2 daughters in the boat screaming. Thankfully a ranger boat saw them...

In the houseboat one day with friends, Chrissy decides to go for a swim. Vick tries to give her a jacket, hell no I can swim... Microburst winds show up, blow Chrissy about 80' away in seconds, and she starts panicking. Anchor line is tight as hell, can't get it out of the mud, so with one whack with a sharp knife there went that $200 anchor. By the time I was able to manuever the beast downwind Chrissy was almost done. All in about 4 minutes...

It's a good bet this same thing happened with Mom, got in the water without a jacket, and either her or the boat got taken by an evil wind, and she just plain couldn't make it back. Sad frown

#573978 - 07/13/20 02:09 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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I am thinking the same too FR.

Just hearing that they found a body.

No confirmation yet.

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#573979 - 07/13/20 03:11 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Betting Frantic's guess is probably pretty accurate. have seen many times people don't pay attention to the wind & the boat until it has blown too far away already.


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#573980 - 07/13/20 06:12 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Just saw online they recovered the body today


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#573982 - 07/13/20 09:27 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Sheriff reported that boat had indeed drifted unanchored, and the son said she boosted him onto the boat and when he looked back she sunk under the water.... frown

Gave her life saving her son, and not enough left to climb aboard.

Terrible. frown frown


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#573994 - 07/15/20 09:32 AM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Came here to see if anyone new the lake or could offer a plausible explanation. FR's seems to be as good as any. I am a good swimmer and the only thing that scared me once is a leg cramp. That would of been my guess.

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#573995 - 07/15/20 10:03 AM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Or the wind picks up & they are not paying attention - next thing you know boat is far away


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#573999 - 07/18/20 09:35 AM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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It's easy to underestimate how tiring a swim can be, especially if you are afraid at the same time.

I swam competitively when I was a teen, including some distance events, so I consider myself a very good swimmer. One time when body surfing with a Nor'easter coming in, I got caught by a rip current and washed offshore about a 1/4 mile. I knew enough to swim perpendicular to the current, but that didn't seem to work, so I decided that I needed to do a 180 and go the other direction to get out of the current. That didn't work either, so I turned 45 degrees closer to shore and eventually got back in. I was exhausted and after catching my breath, reflected on just how scared I was when being washed out to sea. My wife was playing with our dog and oblivious to my problem and we were the only one at the secluded beach. It was truly a life or death situation, and the end of my body surfing on sandbars out a bit from the beach.

With my child in the water with me, I can easily see how one could put everything into getting him/her back to the boat and not have enough energy left to get in myself. What a tragic thing to happen!

When swimming off a boat when there is any chance of getting separated, we put out a 100' floating line and never get near the end of it before returning to the boat.


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#574000 - 07/18/20 04:46 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: WayWeGo]  
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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
When swimming off a boat when there is any chance of getting separated, we put out a 100' floating line and never get near the end of it before returning to the boat.

WWG, that's something I've always done when swimming in the Columbia. There's always a 2-3kt current and it's impossible to swim against unless you're a strong swimmer. I'm not so when I'm in the water I always have a neoprene vest on and never venture far from the line.


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#574002 - 07/19/20 01:12 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Good call on the floating line. We almost always have a 50 foot line connected to our 2 person inflatable out. It will go in the direction of the wind. Very little current here.

That being said, not substitute for PFD if there is wind or current. If I am playing with the kids in the water, even in no wind I wear a PFD. More enjoyable on top of the safety.
Suspected drowning yesterday at our lake. Saw life flight come in along with 2 ambulances and 2 firetrucks. Wife overheard discussion of the drowning. I have no confirmation and hope that whatever happened didn't result in permanent results.

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#574050 - 07/28/20 11:36 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Sadly, a man drowned on our lake yesterday in a very similar fashion. From a news article:

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Police said Trehane, 40, was on a rented pontoon boat with a group of other people Monday when he and two others went into the water for a swim. The other two people got back to the boat safely, but Trehane struggled as the pontoon drifted away.

Police said Trehane had called to the pontoon for help, but his companions were unable to get the boat started to go rescue him. When someone threw a life jacket, Trehane was unable to retrieve it.

Others in the group dialed 911 for help, and rescuers searched unsuccessfully for four hours until nightfall. The recovery operation continued today, and Trehane's body was found.

#574051 - 07/29/20 09:32 AM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Weird that both of these happened on rentals. Can't help but wonder what can be done to resolve - some type of education for renters?


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#574052 - 07/29/20 12:13 PM Re: Local Lake tragedy [Re: kenhdog]  
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Kevin, IMHO I doubt that would do much good. I would bet that the renter would be so excited to get going on the pontoon that most of the instructions would go in one ear and out the other.

It would be nice if states could require a person take an online boater safety course and have his completion certificate to show before he could rent any type of boat but the rental agencies would scream like mashed cats to prevent that law from being passed.


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