Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, are rarely seen in real life.
For all of you with children in your lives yours or someone elses, it doesnt matter imagine yourself in the following story:
At the beach at Cape Canaveral, nineteen-year-old Josh Scurlock looks out at the water. The larger than normal waves look rough but not too rough so he and a friend go out in them to play. A strong swimmer Josh loves the ocean and his new Florida home just five blocks from the beach. Its Saturday and the sun is out and there is no school and nothing at all is wrong in the world. Josh Scurlock. Having recently moved to Florida from Indiana, he doesnt notice or even know how to notice the rip current that will sweep him out to sea and away from his friend. Once caught in its pull, his instincts are to head back in. The land is where safety is and something is pulling him away from it, so he fights. Swimming as hard as he can for as long as he can with his friend on the beach now yelling for help Josh Scurlock tires and drowns. And though a heroic surfer eventually makes it to him and brings him to shore he cannot be revived. Josh never sees twenty.