I read some where that 69% of all drowning happened when one or both
parents were responsible for supervision. I could not believe that this
was possible until now.
We JUST put our pool in and had our first get together with friends.
Being the paranoid person I am I told my wife that I would not be doing
anything but watching the pool while everyone was at the house. No
cooking no cleaning not nothing. All the parents were seated around the
pool and a few were in the pool(including myself). I was at one end of
the pool under a shaded cover along with one of the child's parents.
The other was on the deck 30 feet from us. The parent and I were in a
conversation about something along with another. During the
conversation I was constantly watching all the children in the pool. My
son was taking a nap and I thought I had some down down time from
watching. Little did I know that I was the only one watching the pool.
The child was in a double ringed float with a short back rest. Make and
model unknown at this time. He also had swim arms on. He was 36 feet
away as I watched him go face down in the pool. Nobody moved. Not a
sole had seen this kid go down but me. I should have moved then but I
waited 2-3 seconds to see if anyone else move. I could have sat there
and watched that kid die an nobody would have known any different. I
swam that pool in what I thought was an eternity. Observers said it was
about 3 seconds. The child was putting up a good fight and was just
about to panic when I got there to pick him up. He would not have
survived if I had not seen him. Nobody would have heard his screams
because the first one I heard was underwater and the only reason I heard
it was because I was right on top of him. Nobody even knew what had
happened until told them. They still had not figured out why I was
sprinting across the pool. The child never left the pool and was fine
the rest of the day. I however was still shaking hours later.
The m***of the story is if you own a pool don't ever take your eyes
off it even with "responsible parents around".
No longer paranoid.