Wisconsin boater dies saving 9-year-old daughter who went overboard

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Authorities say a Rhinelander woman has died after diving from a boat into a lake to save her 9-year-old daughter.
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A mother gives her life so that her child lives. The ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace. You are a hero.
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When will people learn to just throw a flotation device to someone instead of immediately leaping overboard? It's easier and much, much safer. I admire the heroism, but not worth risking two lives to save one.
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My heart goes out to this little girl. To her mother... Rest in peace.... Sorry that she lost her life, but as the others said you are a hero.
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sounds like she died a hero. all the friends and family can be proud of that as horrible as this is.
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Indichik wrote:
When will people learn to just throw a flotation device to someone instead of immediately leaping overboard? It's easier and much, much safer. I admire the heroism, but not worth risking two lives to save one.
agreed.. sadly this accident could have been prevented with the use of PFDs
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So very sad- my heart goes out to the family.
life jackets

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just wear life jackets, then no one has to die at all. just obey the law. let your kid run in traffic, then jump and push the kid out of the way of a bus, and thats a hero too? how about not letting the kid play in traffic in the first place. use a pfd!
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Indichik wrote:
When will people learn to just throw a flotation device to someone instead of immediately leaping overboard? It's easier and much, much safer. I admire the heroism, but not worth risking two lives to save one.
I would have done the same thing for my child...you were there right??? You know all the details I'm guessing.
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Very sad a accident that could have been prevented.
The Mom is a hero but now her daughter will not have her to guide her. They say God has a plan for all us so its in his hands.
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What a very, very sad story on a Memorial holiday.

Words of wisdom to all parents/potential parents: If you have or are going to have kids, spend $20 at your community center and learn how to swim. Water will never go away so learn to live with it in a safe manner.
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How sad is that?
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My condolences go out to the family, especially this little girl. Very tragic.

The unfortunate part of this story is it never should have happened. This woman, not to mention the girl's father (if present) and the driver of the boat, NEVER should have let this young girl be on the boat without a life jacket. NEVER! Alot of people think I may be a heartless pri*k for chastising the mother for this, but it really is that simple, and that sad. Nobody ever thinks it'll happen to them, do they? Please let's just put on the life jackets and keep your family intact.
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Should have said "or the driver of the boat", if it happened to be someone other than the mother or father. Not implying the father was driving.
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Yep, nobody had to die on that boat. If everyone on the boat was wearing a PFD nobody would have died. The girl would have gotten wet and had a story to tell at school. If the mother jumped in anyway, they could have had a laugh about it later. This early in the year, it doesn't matter if you know how to swim or not, the gasp reflex will make you swallow a bunch of water if you go too far under so a life jacket is your only for sure way of staying alive. I hope the young girl can move on with her life successfully.
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getting out of bed, going forth,enjoying life. all these risk behaviors contributed to the situation reported. I extend my condolences to the family.
Little girl your mother gave you yet another gift go forth boldly.
their aint no god silly

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mrs c wrote:
Very sad a accident that could have been prevented.
The Mom is a hero but now her daughter will not have her to guide her. They say God has a plan for all us so its in his hands.
wow... when will you people realize, there is no god.. there's no magical guy in the air pointing down saying - Die now! I have a plan for you!! It was something that just happened - you know, an accident.
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their aint no god silly wrote:
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wow... when will you people realize, there is no god.. there's no magical guy in the air pointing down saying - Die now! I have a plan for you!! It was something that just happened - you know, an accident.
For me, there is a God. The mistake is believing he has a hand in everything that happens. Doubtful, as he gave us free will to make choices for ourselves. The choice in this case would have been to wear life jackets.
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Lord be with them.
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What a shame they were even out on the water.
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9 year olds need to be wearing life jackets on a boat! Unfortunately, ignoring that common sense rule killed the mother and left the 9 year old motherless.

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