Wisconsin boater dies saving 9-year-o...

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

There are 47 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 31, 2010, titled Wisconsin boater dies saving 9-year-old daughter who went overboard. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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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Hmmmm

Albertville, MN

#23 Jun 1, 2010
We don't need no stinkin' life preservers. They abridge my Freedoms.
Sarah D

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Jun 1, 2010
I have to admit that my first thought upon seeing this story is "Why wasn't the nine year old wearing a life preserver?" Or at the very least why weren't there flotation devices in the boat.

It's very sad that this mother died when it could have so easily been prevented. Please people if you are boating with children, have them wear life preservers.

And if the adults don't know how to swim it wouldn't hurt for them to be wearing life preservers as well.

This little girl has not only lost her mother but may very well be blaming herself although she wasn't to blame.
mnnewsjunkie

Mankato, MN

#26 Jun 1, 2010
The ultimate sacrifice. My sincere condolences to this womans' daughter and family.
Chaz

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Jun 1, 2010
I feel sorry for the little girl and her family but it come's down to this. What the hell was a 9 year doing without a life jacket on? Anytime my children get on a boat, they wear a life jackets. Adult who can't swim or are too old to swim, wear a life jacket. I go fishing in Canada and my life jacket is on every minute I am in the water. No excuses. Last year my teenage niece, a novice swimmer refused to wear a life jacket. She was kicked out of the boat and send back to the cabin.
Chaz

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Jun 1, 2010
Simply put: an avoidable incident.
Hmmmmmmmmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#29 Jun 1, 2010
Hmmmm wrote:
We don't need no stinkin' life preservers. They abridge my Freedoms.
You do need one in MN. They are requried for boaters under the age of 10. So tell your Daddy to put your lifejacket on next time you go out on his boat.
Mr Mann

Titusville, FL

#30 Jun 1, 2010
A heroic mother.
Prayers for all
sad

Minneapolis, MN

#31 Jun 1, 2010
I have a 9 year old who tries to argue that the life jacket is uncomfortable, etc. My husband told her yesterday she could take it off when we weren't moving...I told him to take the darn boat home b/c if she isn't wearing it then she isn't going to be out there. It's not only the law but the smart thing to do. I even wear one when I am in the lake - why risk it.
Alex

Milwaukee, WI

#32 Jun 1, 2010
Terrible story. Condolences to the family. If you love water sports/activities, you must learn to swim or wear life jackets at all times. There is simply no excuse for lost of life here. It's summer...everyone be safe out there.
ComradK

Minneapolis, MN

#33 Jun 1, 2010
Sad and avoidable.
Ken

Fowlerton, TX

#34 Jun 1, 2010
lala wrote:
Two things: first-they never said the mom actually saved the kid...who knows if someone came by and rescued the kid, or maybe the kid made it by herself to the boat. Second: if they couldn't swim, why in the world are they NOT wearing life vests. This mom isnt a hero, she's ignorant and negligent for not taking precautionary measures to PREVENT this.
And you're a phhhu-cking moron!
dieter

Minneapolis, MN

#35 Jun 1, 2010
lala wrote:
Two things: first-they never said the mom actually saved the kid...who knows if someone came by and rescued the kid, or maybe the kid made it by herself to the boat. Second: if they couldn't swim, why in the world are they NOT wearing life vests. This mom isnt a hero, she's ignorant and negligent for not taking precautionary measures to PREVENT this.
That's it... the family and friends need to hear your opinion on "how ignorant & negligent" she was.
Go f8&k yourself... you moron, piece of s&)t.
DREW

Annandale, MN

#36 Jun 1, 2010
lala wrote:
Two things: first-they never said the mom actually saved the kid...who knows if someone came by and rescued the kid, or maybe the kid made it by herself to the boat. Second: if they couldn't swim, why in the world are they NOT wearing life vests. This mom isnt a hero, she's ignorant and negligent for not taking precautionary measures to PREVENT this.
The head line "Wisconsin boater dies saving 9 year old..." The story clearly states she svaed her child. It does not state they were not wearing life vests, or that another boater may have created waves in the wake of a boat that caused trouble for her, etc; It would be "ignorant" and "negligent" to make the assumptions you have made, and then drop them into a tragedy, just because you think yopu know all the answers. Judgement and assumption over kindness and sympathy. You must be a riot at a party.
Jesse

Minneapolis, MN

#37 Jun 1, 2010
Why was the mother referred to as a boater rather than the child's mother?
Sarah D

Minneapolis, MN

#38 Jun 1, 2010
Jesse wrote:
Why was the mother referred to as a boater rather than the child's mother?
Because the child was referred to as her daughter and so the word mother would have been redundant.

Beckie

Gillette, WY

#39 Jun 1, 2010
Sure wish the story could elaborate on specifics of what happens in these lake drownings and how they most commonly happen. Is it the currents, the weeds, or that the people really can't swim and succumb to the gasp reflex underwater? As a moderately good swimmer who would at least knows how to tread water to save energy, I always wonder what, barring the involvement of drugs/etoh, is the actual cause of most of the drownings on lakes?
Triple

Eden Prairie, MN

#40 Jun 1, 2010
She atoned for it by her sacrificial actions, but who lets a 9 year old on a boat without a life jacket!?
Sarah D

Minneapolis, MN

#41 Jun 1, 2010
Beckie wrote:
Sure wish the story could elaborate on specifics of what happens in these lake drownings and how they most commonly happen. Is it the currents, the weeds, or that the people really can't swim and succumb to the gasp reflex underwater? As a moderately good swimmer who would at least knows how to tread water to save energy, I always wonder what, barring the involvement of drugs/etoh, is the actual cause of most of the drownings on lakes?
Panic can play a role. Sometimes people panic so much in the water that they can not only impede someone trying to save them but actually cause their would be rescuer to run the risk of drowning.
Indichik

Ozone Park, NY

#42 Jun 1, 2010
Beckie wrote:
Sure wish the story could elaborate on specifics of what happens in these lake drownings and how they most commonly happen. Is it the currents, the weeds, or that the people really can't swim and succumb to the gasp reflex underwater? As a moderately good swimmer who would at least knows how to tread water to save energy, I always wonder what, barring the involvement of drugs/etoh, is the actual cause of most of the drownings on lakes?
Trying to pee over the side of the boat while being under the influence of alcohol, I believe is the cause of 90% of drownings. Not saying that was the case here.
MN Observer

Saint Paul, MN

#43 Jun 1, 2010
DREW wrote:
<quoted text>The head line "Wisconsin boater dies saving 9 year old..." The story clearly states she svaed her child. It does not state they were not wearing life vests, or that another boater may have created waves in the wake of a boat that caused trouble for her, etc; It would be "ignorant" and "negligent" to make the assumptions you have made, and then drop them into a tragedy, just because you think yopu know all the answers. Judgement and assumption over kindness and sympathy. You must be a riot at a party.
We can safely assume that neither the child nor her mother were wearing life jackets. If she were wearing a life jacket the child's life would not have needed to be "saved" (they could have thrown her a line or driven the boat around to pick her up) and if the mother had been wearing a life jacket she would not have drowned. It's a sad story and avoidable.

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