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Look Before You Leap

A group of friends were boating on Idaho’s American Falls Reservoir when one of the four men aboard decided to play a prank on another: he pushed him overboard. The man in the water apparently didn’t know how to swim, and was not wearing a life jacket. Another man jumped in to help him — but he apparently didn’t know how to swim either, and was also not wearing a life jacket. The third man jumped in too: same problems. The fourth man also jumped in, but didn’t take the time to put on the life vest he had in his hand. That left nothing but five children, aged 2 to 9, on the boat; one called 911 for help. Searchers combed the reservoir, but didn’t find the men for more than 24 hours. They had all drowned. “Panic seems to be the overriding factor” in the tragedy, said Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries. (RC/Idaho State Journal) ...You know, I would have put the main cause down to a slightly different factor.
Original Publication Date: 05 September 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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