THE EDITOR: Recently an individual drowned at an estate pond. A loss of life is tragic and sad regardless of the circumstances. My sympathies to his family.
Water is nothing to play around in. Sea water offers a certain amount of buoyancy, not so with pond water.
For the Christmas vacation, instead of children spending time at the malls or with their phones, I am suggesting that all parents let their children learn to swim competently. The life they save will be their own.
Every four years I must endure helicopter underwater egress training. It is one of the most arduous tests US marines undergo at 18. Research it on the web.
Once when I passed a guy the instructor told him, “Look, your daddy is passing you.” I corrected him – granddaddy.
The instructor said the water was over 30 feet deep and if I could not extricate myself from the sunken inverted chopper I would perish.
I replied in front of my team, “You cannot frighten me. I am a married man. After marriage nothing scares me.”
I went down and swam out.
We live on an island. Learn to swim people. The sea is made for ships and fish. The sea and ponds do not have branches.