Two children die in Lake George boati...

Two children die in Lake George boating accident

There are 104 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 24, 2009, titled Two children die in Lake George boating accident. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Two children drowned when their 21-foot boat capsized in Lake George this afternoon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officials said.

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Winter Garden, FL

#119 Jun 1, 2009
Tired of Silly wrote:
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Don't feel sorry for my children. They're grown and I managed not to get them killed in the process. Of course, I didn't take them into dangerous situations on purpose either. Oh, and we bought life insurance for them when they were born.(It is VERY inexpensive, btw...probably one less day on the water..maybe the day that violent storms are forecast...would have paid for it.) There's nothing heartless about holding people accountable for their own bad decisions. I might just shake my head at people who don't bother to have adequate insurance coverage, but the fact that they took children out on a lake on a day when violent storms were forecast is unforgiveable. They caused the deaths of their children and should be charged with neglect (since being terminally stupid is not against the law).
You should be ashamed of yourself.

As mentioned in the previous posts three children are gone and three families are devastated. Enough finger-pointing and accusations. It serves no purpose.

Baldwin, NY

#121 Jun 2, 2009
Tired of Silly wrote:
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Of course it serves a purpose. If ONE person thinks "hey, maybe I won't take my kids out when there are severe storms forecast", it is worth it to remind them over and over that you can make a selfish decision and cost your kid his/her life. Three families DESERVE to be devastated, and I have little sympathy for the parents of these kids. They might as well have murdered them outright. And no, I have no reason to be ashamed of myself, I didn't get my kids killed.
Your comments do not reflect the reality of the situation. As a meteorologist and former lifeguard, I can speak with some experience to this subject. First, during the spring and summer afternoon thunderstorms are a nearly daily occurrence in Florida. People do not refrain from boating activities just because they are forecast, and there is no general reason for them to do so. If they did nobody would go boating in Florida during this time of year. Prudence dictates that boaters should monitor the weather and get off the water when storms approach their particular area, of course. Sometimes, but not always, one can see them coming well in advance, either visually or via radar. However, on some occasions the storms develop rapidly in the local area instead of tracking in from afar. In these cases radar monitoring will not reveal them in advance for the obvious reason that they developed in the immediate area. In these cases boaters have to react very quickly and head to shore. Occasionally the storms are too quick for them and they get hit before they can reach shore. This is an infrequent occurrence, but it does happen. Lifeguards have the same issue on the beach. We don't close a beach just because thunderstorms are forecast for the general region, which encompasses several hundred square miles. Rather we monitor any storms that enter or develop in our area and clear the beach as soon as a threat is perceived. This has always been regarded as a prudent course of action in the profession. In the Lake George case, the indications are that a rapidly developing storm struck and even prudent boaters may be caught on the water when this occurs. Your comments, besides being insensitive and crude ("Three families deserve to be devastated.") are factually inaccurate. and yes you should be ashamed of yourself.
Mom who has lost a child

Orlando, FL

#123 Aug 11, 2009
It has been a few months but I know the pain will last a lifetime so I just wanted you to know if you are the family and you are reading this that there are people who are paid to create "controvery" on these blogs. Just keep that in mind. I had the same kind of thing happen in a blog about my son and it helped to know that. It is hard enough without idiotic people like some here. My heart goes out to you.
Memorial Day 09

Gainesville, FL

#124 Sep 18, 2009
I was out there also, our boat sank as well. It was the BEST weather I had ever been out in until in about 5 minutes the sky turned completely black and it started hailing. The waves were bigger than anyone could ever imagine. It was teh WORST thing i've ever experience. we floated on coolers and the lids to stay above water until someone rescued us. The dad was only trying to do the right thing. He send them into the cabin part of the boat to get out of the storm. It was very sad to watch him cry on the ground after they relayed the message to him of his two children being dead.

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