16-year-old girl drowns in Jackson Tw...

16-year-old girl drowns in Jackson Twp. pond

There are 12 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from Aug 25, 2009, titled 16-year-old girl drowns in Jackson Twp. pond. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

A 16-year-old Myerstown girl drowned Tuesday afternoon while swimming on a Jackson Township farm, state police at Jonestown said.

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sosad

Stewartstown, PA

#1 Aug 26, 2009
Geez.
Wow

United States

#2 Aug 26, 2009
This is a very sad story. I feel so bad for the other girls that were swimming and tried to save her.
Vigilante

Perkasie, PA

#3 Aug 26, 2009
God Bless her....people please realize how important it is to teach your kids how to swimmwhen they are babies... prayers are with the family.
Orpha Hearn

West Bloomfield, MI

#4 Aug 26, 2009
Its very sad that this happened ....she was my daughters group leader last year at Myerstown Mennonite school and meant alot to her ...she will be missed
Andy R

Cleveland, OH

#5 Aug 26, 2009
It appears as if this drowning was a real tragedy. Did this girl know how to swim? It seems as if she started to panic once she fell into the water. Was she wearing a bathing suit when she fell in? Was she dressed in swimming attire? It seems as if this drowning victim did not want to enter the water since she appeared to have been a panicky swimmer and that leads me to believe that she might not have been wearing a bathing suit and she might not have known how to swim.
Anti-Retard

Lebanon, PA

#6 Aug 27, 2009
Completely missed is the fact that the "Lebanon County Dive Rescue Team" is totally volunteer and nobody was available... She could have been rescued sooner... Truly sad.
elco mom

Rexmont, PA

#7 Aug 27, 2009
Parents, please teach your children to swim! If she didn't know how to swim then she should not have been on the water. Swimsuit or not.
Lifeguard

Cleveland, OH

#8 Aug 27, 2009
It is not known if this girl knew how to swim or not and the comment posted by Andy R is very valid about the swimsuit. She would not be wearing a swimsuit if she had no desire to want to go swimming. Most beginning swimmers do not wear swimsuits near water because they do not want to enter the water because of their inability to swim.
Keith C

Cleveland, OH

#9 Aug 27, 2009
As a water safety instructor in Ohio, this story makes me really sad. It is possibly a lucky accident that this young drowning victim did not drown any of the 3 other girls who were with her in the pond while she was being attempted to be rescued. Jessica appeared to panic and she could have easily have taken any of her 3 friends with her underwater. The other girls with her could have drowned with her as well in their rescue attempt and this story could have been much worse. The ending could have resulted in a double drowning or even a triple drowning if Jessica would have grabbed onto any of her friends during her state of panic.
Intelligence in Lebanon

Bloomington, IN

#10 Aug 27, 2009
Anti-Retard wrote:
Completely missed is the fact that the "Lebanon County Dive Rescue Team" is totally volunteer and nobody was available... She could have been rescued sooner... Truly sad.
It is also sad that we won't pay taxes for Bugatti Veyrons so they can get there within 10 minutes before she is brain dead. We definitely need a fleet of these for quicker response times for the dive team. They need to know when the someone in the county is drowning and then get there in 1-3 minutes.
carl

Harveys Lake, PA

#11 Aug 28, 2009
Anti-Retard wrote:
Completely missed is the fact that the "Lebanon County Dive Rescue Team" is totally volunteer and nobody was available... She could have been rescued sooner... Truly sad.
PLEASE! Rescued? The only ones who would have had a half of a chance to "rescue" her were those present, PERIOD.

All ANY dive team could possibly do is a "recovery" That has to be one of the dumbest statements i have seen in this forum.
carl

Harveys Lake, PA

#12 Aug 28, 2009
Intelligence in Lebanon wrote:
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It is also sad that we won't pay taxes for Bugatti Veyrons so they can get there within 10 minutes before she is brain dead. We definitely need a fleet of these for quicker response times for the dive team. They need to know when the someone in the county is drowning and then get there in 1-3 minutes.
get there in 1 to 3 minutes and do a bottom rescue in murky pond water in 10 minutes.. NOT POSSIBLE PERIOD!

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