Man drowns helping fianc e

Man drowns helping fianc e

There are 114 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Aug 4, 2007, titled Man drowns helping fianc e. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A fun afternoon on the Wabash River turned tragic Friday when a 35-year-old man drowned during an outing with his pregnant fiancee and three daughters from a previous marriage.

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mr astute

Greenfield, IN

#1 Aug 4, 2007
when??????????are people going to learn that whether it be ---an ocean river etc--that currents are un-forgiving!---what an unfortunate situation!--when? was it legal to swim in thw wabash river? thanks again!

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Aug 4, 2007
Thanks for what??? Are you worried about yourself?? Nice, hope some if some tragic event happens in your life, others will be so kind, you are an idiot.

United States

#4 Aug 4, 2007
so sad

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 4, 2007
"Elizabeth Davis could not be reached for comment."
How pathetic does a reporter have to be to even TRY and reach her for comment? She will have a difficult, if not impossible, time getting over this.

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Aug 4, 2007
old fogy wrote:
Too bad she didn't take time to marry the father of her baby.
And exactly why does that matter? Never mind, I think the name "old fogy" explains it.
proud to be an American

Auburn Hills, MI

#10 Aug 4, 2007
Just Wondering wrote:
How does a 35 year old male not know how to swim? I could see a 10 year old who has never been in a large body of water not knowing what to do. But at 35 shouldn't you know the mechanics your arms or feet need to go through to stay afloat or to swim from point A to point B.
You can throw a dog thats never been in the water at any age and it will know what to do to survive. I realize this is a swift water incident, but you also hear about pond or lake deaths too.
Save your "you're so insensitive" comments for someone else, I'm really trying to understand how an adult doesn't know how to swim. I'm not talking full-fledged laps at the pool, I'm saying you are 20 feet from shore/boat/dock or whatever and you just go under.
I applaud this guy for going after his fiancee he did what he thought he needed to do. Unfortunately it cost him his life.
The answer to your question is pretty easy!! He never learned how to swim. There are a lot of people who don't know how to swim. If the Star is correct it did say, "My daughter can swim really good but she stepped off and got into the current," Barfield said. So the current must have been bad for a good swimmer. It doesn't matter if it's 20 feet or 500 feet from shore. If the current is bad, it doesn't matter how good of a swimmer you are. You can drown. So don't be so hard on someone until you know the facts. We all have some things that were good at and some things that we're not so good at. I commend him for trying to save her, knowing he couldn't swim. Our thoughts & prayers go out to everyone that was affected by this tragedy.
Dog trainer

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Aug 4, 2007
Just Wondering wrote:
You can throw a dog thats never been in the water at any age and it will know what to do to survive.
No, not true. Some dogs do need to be trained to swim.

Since: Jul 07


#13 Aug 4, 2007
Harlan Hickenlooper wrote:
He was real stupid if he couldn't swim.
I don't swim well, either. Had this woman been my ex-wife I'd try to save her.

Fishers, IN

#17 Aug 4, 2007
It's pretty easy not knowing how to swim at that age. We all have priorities and learning to swim just wasn't one for him. So for you to make a statement like that was pretty insensitive. I'm sure there are plenty of things that you have not learned yet as well.

Scottsdale, AZ

#18 Aug 4, 2007
Martinsville White Trash wrote:
WOW, 35 banging a 21 year old....I guess it was good while it lasted!!!! glooba glooba glooba...throw me a rope...
You got the white trash part right !

Muncie, IN

#20 Aug 4, 2007
how can some of you be so insensitive?? is it because you thrive on getting a rise out of people but don't have the balls to do it face to face so you use the internet?

Fishers, IN

#21 Aug 4, 2007
thank you eastsidemom.....i totally agree with you.

Newport, KY

#22 Aug 4, 2007
Reach, throw, row, go.


#23 Aug 4, 2007
Thank you eastsidemom. I'm frightened by some of the comments I read on these forums. I really hope the people are just mouthing off because their identity is unknown. I hope they are not as cruel as they sound.
mr astute

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Aug 4, 2007
Unfortunately!-----this body of water is one of the few within the state of Indiana that isnot patrolled by the United States Coast Guard. Also has it been officially determined by the Vigo County Sheriffs Department and the Indiana Highwy patrol that the victim was sober? thanks again!

Columbus, IN

#25 Aug 4, 2007
Just shows what younwould do for love.. I know I wouldve did the same thing.. if thast was my wife and she was pregnant only difference.. i know how to swim

Newport, KY

#27 Aug 4, 2007
eastsidemom wrote:
how can some of you be so insensitive?? is it because you thrive on getting a rise out of people but don't have the balls to do it face to face so you use the internet?
Some are mean, you're right. Others of us are just sick to death of the mealy mouth ignoring of the problem that allows these kinds of things to just keep happening over and over and over. Usually it's nothing personal.
Simple Truth

Indianapolis, IN

#28 Aug 4, 2007
Apart from sounding inconsiderate, I've never laughed so hard after reading,'and body found later in some diftwood downstream'. How far downstream? HAHAHA. Did the fiancee run to a lawyer to find if she was entitled to any of his money...presuming he wasn't an illegal or other welfare-type recipient. Besides, I agree, 35 and 21? Please. Requiescat in pacem foolio!
mr astute

Indianapolis, IN

#29 Aug 4, 2007
please!!!!!!!!!-all of you usual meddling fools!-until the United State Coast Guard ,the Indiana Highway patrol and the Vigo County Sheriff finish their formal inquiry into this incident -lets show affectionate toward the victims past and present family members and his fellow employees!----thanks

Indianapolis, IN

#30 Aug 4, 2007
Most people that age or older went to schools and /or lived in areas that did not have public pools.I went through several sessions of "swimming lessons" and was lucky enough to finally figure it out on my own. There is a trick to swimming and while you can try the mechanics of it, the knack of reacting to it naturally in an emergency situation is quite another. You can go thru the mechanics of swimming and sink like a rock. Learning how to stay afloat and not panic is quite another. Most people do not want to go to a crowded beach to swim and recreate.Wonder what people did before goverments got around to putting their "official stamp of approval" on everything so people could do anything in life. People drown at public govt. approved beaches with life guards present all the time. Just ask the real life guards at the Baywatch beach or others.

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