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I Witnessed A Drowning And We Need To Stop Thinking It Couldn’t Happen To Us

I watched powerlessly from the beach as a deadly current swept two 13-year-old girls out into treacherous waters. One was rescued, the other submerged, and a painful battle between hope and time commenced.

At her vigil, people turned their heads and stifled their cries. I suppose adults were trying to keep a brave face for the victim’s young friends, and the children were following the lead of the adults. There was one woman, though, who sobbed unabashed. “I saw her go in,” she cried, squeezing my hand. “I didn’t know she would die.”

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