Two children, 11- and 12-years-old, drowned at Grand Beach this weekend. On a day like today when we hear of more tragedies in Manitoba, as a result of just trying to have some summer water fun, we need to talk about how we can keep our kids safer – without putting them in a bubble. Take a look at this note I received from Jan about a toddler whom she saw drowning … Thankfully, in this case, what could have easily been a tragedy, ends happily:
Hi Dahlia – I witnessed something yesterday afternoon and just wanted to share it with somebody – your voice reaches so many people I thought you’d be a great one to pass this on to – there was an incident at the pan am kiddie pool – all of a sudden I heard the lifeguard shout – I turned my head to see him leaping out of his chair, turned my head back to the pool in the direction he was headed, only to see a toddler completely submerged. Although family members were all within a few feet, none of them were aware that this child had gone under. As the lifeguard shouted and leapt towards the pool, he got the attention of the father (I’m assuming it was father), who immediately scooped the child out of the water. The child appeared to be okay and went on to continue playing in the pool. This all happened within a matter of seconds. If not for this lifeguard doing such an amazing job, the outcome could have been tragic. When the lifeguard returned I said “wow – great job!” but as I’ve shared this story with a few other people and hearing their reaction, I’m thinking this would be a great opportunity for a bigger voice to give a shout out to him, and all the other lifeguards who have such a huge responsibility and at the end of the day are saving lives. I think it’s also a great time to remind us all that drowning can happen so quickly so we must not take our eyes off the kids for any length of time. Thank you very much.
Lifeguards can’t be everywhere at all times. And you can’t stop kids from going in the water, can you? Summer fun shouldn’t be avoided because of fear. So what can we do to keep our kids safer? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.