Man Drowns While Rescuing His Son Off...

Man Drowns While Rescuing His Son Off Myrtle Beach

There are 25 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jul 4, 2007, titled Man Drowns While Rescuing His Son Off Myrtle Beach. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Authorities say a 33-year-old father from New Jersey has died just hours after he rescued his eleven-year-old son from the ocean off Myrtle Beach.

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Barb

Camden, SC

#2 Jul 4, 2007
His son needs his behind beat. What in the heck was he doing drifting out too far in the water. I tell you, you can't tell these kids nothing today. I'm sure his dad told him not to go out too far. What a waste of life.
Harry

Montgomery Village, MD

#3 Jul 4, 2007
Three drownings in less than 3 weeks on this forum. Be careful this summer in all water activity. Remember it does not always have to be the other guy.

Since: Jun 07

bronx,ny

#5 Jul 5, 2007
Barb wrote:
His son needs his behind beat. What in the heck was he doing drifting out too far in the water. I tell you, you can't tell these kids nothing today. I'm sure his dad told him not to go out too far. What a waste of life.
that was so sad to here
Peace

Elgin, SC

#6 Jul 5, 2007
I pray the father is at peace with God. I pray for the son may God guide him in everything he does. And, I pray for the rest of the family during their time of bereavement. God bless!
Harry

Montgomery Village, MD

#7 Jul 5, 2007
columbia WARLOCK wrote:
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Hi there Harry.....hope you and yours had a great fourth.....
Back at you WARLOCK. Burgers and tea early, then rain and dark clouds.
tammy delph

Columbia, SC

#8 Jul 5, 2007
i dont think that was the whole story. why 8 hrs later? details are missing in this story. if his son got back safely then someone would have known the man was out there. am i missing something here.
Stop The Madness

United States

#9 Jul 5, 2007
Everyone should know to let the rip current carry you out then swim parallel to the shore to get out if its way. Oh, well...
diane

Sumter, SC

#10 Jul 5, 2007
my prayers to you all but to the child who was saved your father loves you so much he will now be with god but always will be in your heart.so don't blame yourself just hold your head up and realize it was a accident and your father would not have changed what he did for you he truly loves you don't forget that. god bless you all
Respectfully yours

Florence, SC

#11 Jul 6, 2007
We need to all learn to respect nature in all of it's parts. No, I am not a tree hugger but know that nature can really do a job on you.
carrie

United States

#12 Aug 5, 2007
NYGMAN wrote:
<quoted text>that was so sad to here

I can't believe you would post such a comment do you not think that boy will live with guilt the rest of his life. I myself have children and I am currently at the beach and the children do not understand how the water will just allow you to continue to drift away. You must be a perfect parent.
Heather

Annandale, VA

#13 Aug 12, 2007
tammy delph wrote:
i dont think that was the whole story. why 8 hrs later? details are missing in this story. if his son got back safely then someone would have known the man was out there. am i missing something here.
Yes, there is more to this story.Mr. Valdez drowned while the lifeguard on duty at station 19 was performing his other assigned duties of breaking down 80 chairs and 40 umbrellas between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Lifeguards serve as both safety sensitive professionals and sales staff for the lifeguard vendor, Lack's beach service which also owns the beach chair/umbrella rental company. My son, a lifeguard with Lack's beach service this summer, was directly impacted by this drowning. He was coming from another life guard stand that late afternoon when he heard the cries of swimmers who were dragging Mr. Valdez's limp body out of the water. He noticed that the assinged lifeguard of that area was carrying beach chairs towards the sand dune. When they both heard the screams, they ran towards the water and they activated their emergency response procedures. That July 3, 2007 there were other victims in addition to Mr. Valdez and his family. They include those swimmers that stepped on the body of Mr. Valdez's as they played in the water, the fatigued lifeguards that are stressed to balance two conflicting roles, and the public that knows little about whether the lifeguard vendor really adheres to the training and performance requirements of the United States Lifesaving Association and the American Red Cross.
When I visited my son the week before this drowning, he performed three rescues in two days. He was one of the strongest swimmers among all the lifeguards this summer. But, if he had gotten into trouble while performing those saves, I was not confident that his employer had processes in place to protect him from danger. I am thankful that he never drowned. I am thankful that my beach is in Delaware where the chair rental sales person is not my family's lifeguard- where the lifeguard is rotated, relieved and fully backed during all rescues- where the lifeguards are trained before their guarding season begins and are paid as a part of their job to engage in on-going training to ensure their continued competency throughout the summer and where days off are mandatory. Myrtle Beach will never be my beach of choice for my family or for my children as their employer. I hope that the city of Myrtle Beach is able to share with Mr. Valdez's family, especially the son, the real circumstances surrounding the loss of a father that day
Heather

Annandale, VA

#14 Aug 12, 2007
Comments continued onJuly 3 drowning....The city's contract with Lack's lifeguard company allows lifguards to serve dual roles. Unlike other beaches that have two lifeguards up at all time, Myrtle Beach authorizes one guard up with chair/umbrella rental responsibilities. A life guard only (LGO) position, when available, floats among several life guard stations to augment assistance for the one life guard stands. Lack's Lifeguards work from 7:15am (the time they are required to report to the warehouse each morning to get their equipment) until 5:00 p.m. each night. They do this seven days a week without any pre-established days off all summer long. If a lifeguard requests a day off and if the day is granted, the lifeguard is docked $50.00 from his/her paycheck that week by the vendor. Don't assume that these fatigued lifeguards are properly trained and capable of rescuing swimmers if a swimmer gets into trouble. Many of those sitting in the lifeguard stations never passed the pre-required swimming test. If a lifeguard joins the Lack's team mid summer, they may never even get training or tested.

As a mother of three professional lifeguards who collectively have over two decades of experience in a variety of water rescue environments in neighboring states, I have never seen a safety professional fatigued to this extent. They sit in the sun all day long, day in and day out. They have no rotation process to relieve them from sun exposure or to allow them to get relief from watching the water other than to rent a chair/umbrella. They have little back up when they go to lunch or go into the water to save someone. The distant lifeguard at the next stand covers two areas when a rescue occurs or when a life guard goes to lunch. This same lifeguard covering two areas must also continue to set up, rent and break down chairs and umbrellas.
carol

Southport, NC

#15 Jul 25, 2009
Barb wrote:
His son needs his behind beat. What in the heck was he doing drifting out too far in the water. I tell you, you can't tell these kids nothing today. I'm sure his dad told him not to go out too far. What a waste of life.
You're a [email protected]##! I suppose you did everything your parents told you to do as a child! Wouldn't that be a perfect world?!!!!!
Jack

Catlett, VA

#16 Jul 25, 2009
how sad
justathought

Manning, SC

#17 Jul 25, 2009
I do believe the son will carry the burden on his shoulders for the rest of his life, knowing that his father, lost his life, to save his sons.

I am sure the child would rather have a butt beating, than to have lost his father. Think about that!
Barb wrote:
His son needs his behind beat. What in the heck was he doing drifting out too far in the water. I tell you, you can't tell these kids nothing today. I'm sure his dad told him not to go out too far. What a waste of life.
justathought

Manning, SC

#18 Jul 25, 2009
Thanks for the informative information.
Heather wrote:
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Yes, there is more to this story.Mr. Valdez drowned while the lifeguard on duty at station 19 was performing his other assigned duties of breaking down 80 chairs and 40 umbrellas between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Lifeguards serve as both safety sensitive professionals and sales staff for the lifeguard vendor, Lack's beach service which also owns the beach chair/umbrella rental company. My son, a lifeguard with Lack's beach service this summer, was directly impacted by this drowning. He was coming from another life guard stand that late afternoon when he heard the cries of swimmers who were dragging Mr. Valdez's limp body out of the water. He noticed that the assinged lifeguard of that area was carrying beach chairs towards the sand dune. When they both heard the screams, they ran towards the water and they activated their emergency response procedures. That July 3, 2007 there were other victims in addition to Mr. Valdez and his family. They include those swimmers that stepped on the body of Mr. Valdez's as they played in the water, the fatigued lifeguards that are stressed to balance two conflicting roles, and the public that knows little about whether the lifeguard vendor really adheres to the training and performance requirements of the United States Lifesaving Association and the American Red Cross.
When I visited my son the week before this drowning, he performed three rescues in two days. He was one of the strongest swimmers among all the lifeguards this summer. But, if he had gotten into trouble while performing those saves, I was not confident that his employer had processes in place to protect him from danger. I am thankful that he never drowned. I am thankful that my beach is in Delaware where the chair rental sales person is not my family's lifeguard- where the lifeguard is rotated, relieved and fully backed during all rescues- where the lifeguards are trained before their guarding season begins and are paid as a part of their job to engage in on-going training to ensure their continued competency throughout the summer and where days off are mandatory. Myrtle Beach will never be my beach of choice for my family or for my children as their employer. I hope that the city of Myrtle Beach is able to share with Mr. Valdez's family, especially the son, the real circumstances surrounding the loss of a father that day
bradley

Johnson City, TN

#19 Jul 25, 2009
my prays are with you all i am a father of 4. no its not the child fault for this any dad would have done the same god bless you all.

Since: Jul 09

Mount Hope, WV

#20 Jul 26, 2009
Barb wrote:
His son needs his behind beat. What in the heck was he doing drifting out too far in the water. I tell you, you can't tell these kids nothing today. I'm sure his dad told him not to go out too far. What a waste of life.
It is people like you that give the name [email protected]@@ it's meaning. You have no right to judge that family at all. I was at the beach when this family and the other family of the thirteen year old lost their loved ones. The water was awful! You had hundreds of people of all ages and size in the water. They call it vaction and that is what they came to do was be in the ocean. You never picture you go on vaction and your going to lose one of your family members. The kid was doing what kids do best, that is playing and not listening. If you tell me you never did that as a child then you are one in a million. You should keep your thoughts to yourself because we don't want to hear them. Grow up and stop trying to get attention from saying mean hurtful things you know nothing about. By the way does anyone know if the boy has been found. I keep praying for his family that they will find him.
Courtney

Rockville, MD

#21 Jul 26, 2009
Barb wrote:
His son needs his behind beat. What in the heck was he doing drifting out too far in the water. I tell you, you can't tell these kids nothing today. I'm sure his dad told him not to go out too far. What a waste of life.
I was down in Myrtle Beach that week, the rip tides got VERY strong by the middle of the week. Before you know it you are out too far, even if you didn't try to. So why not have some respect and be quiet until you know the whole story.

It's a shame, but at least one was saved and two lives weren't lost in that family.

Everyone needs to be careful in the water, if you notice someone out too far and struggling, find a life guard, don't try and be the hero yourself, let's avoid tragedies like this one.
hphillips

Grovetown, GA

#22 Jul 26, 2009
NYGMAN wrote:
<quoted text>that was so sad to here
Wow, I'm sure his son feels bad enough. The currents were really bad this past week in Myrtle Beach (a teenager is missing and others were rescued), it could have happened to anyone.

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