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choupiquesushi
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Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
Under Tow.. AKA rip currents take no prisoners folks... none.. Even if you are in waist deep water it can be life threatening - one foot on the bottom one foot up walking.. current washes away the sand around your foot.. and boom you have enough lift to get horizontal and things go from bad to worse in a hurry.... Fred was a damned nice guy too.....

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tigerinthebueche
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Erwinville, LA.
Member since Oct 2010
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
I was in Destin Thursday thru Monday. Under tow was indeed very strong. Double red flags everywhere. And lots of LGs telling people to stay out of the water. Hell they chided me twice and I was only walking in the surf knee deep- not even swimming.

sorry for these folks, but you can get in a bind quick.



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Pepperidge
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Slidell
Member since Apr 2011
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
He did what any decent father would do.

RIP

Y'all stay safe out there


Hammertime
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
People know what a red flag means, and people know what a double red flag means. There are signs everywhere, and unless you're a complete idiot, you know it means the water is unsafe.

Last time I was in Orange Beach, I watched three people have to be rescued....all who were hanging out in the water BETWEEN signs driven into the sand next to the water that said not to go in the water. One guy started going under, but got saved by the dolphin boat and 16yr old beach chair kid on a surfboard.

It's just stupid, and something that didn't need to happen. I mean, do we need to start sending people to the fricking safety council to go to the beach?


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choupiquesushi
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
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He did what any decent father would do.

RIP

Y'all stay safe out ther


Pepp.. did you know him?


Smell the crawfish
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In enemy territory
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
I guess growing up about an hour from the beach, I have come to learn how serious rip currents can be. So many times it's the visitors that don't understand how something that looks calm can be deadly until it's too late. When I was a teenager I got caught in a bad rip current and it scared me to death because I panicked and did everything I wasn't supposed to do, but fortunately I had enough strength to make it back to shore. I'm in my 50s now and if that happened to me today, there's a good chance I wouldn't make it! Rip currents are deadly for sure. Praying for his family during this difficult time!
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LSU5508
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New Orleans
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
I'm still curious about what kills you in a Rip current. I guess fight or flight causes you to fight the current which is a battle you cant win but cant you just hypothetically not fight it and float out a few hundred yards to where it will release you.

I've been taught to just go with it or swim perpendicular but that's all in theory and never in practice.
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oleyeller
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
Dam.. lost a great vol fan


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good_2_geaux
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Member since Feb 2015
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
we were just a few hundred yards from where this happened, saw the EMS on site. Very sad. Life guards the next day were in full force.


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tigerinthebueche
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Erwinville, LA.
Member since Oct 2010
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
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I'm still curious about what kills you in a Rip current.



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I guess fight or flight causes you to fight the current which is a battle you cant win


the answer presents itself.

people panic and start to fight the current, tire and drown.



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but cant you just hypothetically not fight it and float out a few hundred yards to where it will release you


yes or you can swim parallel to the beach to make you rway back in. But when you are panicking and/or don't know how to swim in these circumstances, you can get in a bind quickly.




choupiquesushi
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yaton rouge
Member since Jun 2006
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
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I'm still curious about what kills you in a Rip current.



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I guess fight or flight causes you to fight the current which is a battle you cant win


the answer presents itself.

people panic and start to fight the current, tire and drown.



quote:
but cant you just hypothetically not fight it and float out a few hundred yards to where it will release you


yes or you can swim parallel to the beach to make you rway back in. But when you are panicking and/or don't know how to swim in these circumstances, you can get in a bind quickly.

sheer terror does different things to different people...


LSU5508
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New Orleans
Member since Nov 2007
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
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sheer terror does different things to different people...


I've been going to beaches by whole life and Rip have always been a known occurrence. I guess that why Its been ingrained in me to not fight them. I really have no idea what I would do if confronted with the situation. I'm told life guards routinely jump into a rip to get to a drowning victims faster so proper training obviously allows you to manage them.


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Tiger Prawn
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Member since Dec 2016
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
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I've been taught to just go with it or swim perpendicular but that's all in theory and never in practice.


This is correct, but too many people either don't know this or they panic and forget what they're supposed to do


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Pepperidge
LSU Fan
Slidell
Member since Apr 2011
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re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
I actually think I did a long time ago...

my heart goes out to the family though, as it would to anyone going through this after a fathers heroic efforts such as this ends in his demise.


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PT24-7
Member since Jul 2013
2680 posts

re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
So sad, it’s been a deadly summer here. Current has been ripping and people won’t stay out of the water.


baldona
Auburn Fan
Florida
Member since Feb 2016
10489 posts

re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
Very unfortunate.

The current simply pulls you out maybe 100 yards but its usually only 30-40 yards and people panic then they are too tired to swim, its fairly easy to just swim with the current until it ends and then swim around the rip.

All a rip current is is the water from the waves being washed out in small sections. You think about all that water coming IN on the waves has to go OUT somewhere. That's a rip current.

FWIW there's no way they were only in knee deep water unless they fell, but that's pretty unlikely. People go waist deep and the next thing they know a big wave comes and they are in shoulder deep water.
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MWP
Alabama Fan
Kingwood, TX via Monroe, LA
Member since Jul 2013
8015 posts

re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
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people panic then they are too tired to swim


I got caught in a rip current in Destin a few years back. It rattles you if you aren't ready for it because it takes you away from the beach so your first inclination is to swim toward the beach and it is practically impossible to do that. At that point, you either freak out because the harder you swim toward the beach the more you are swept back and you gas out or you gather yourself quickly and swim parallel to the beach until you get away from the rip and then swim to the shore.


Ppro
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natchez
Member since Dec 2013
273 posts

re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
My dad died in the grand isle surf rescueing his grandson from riptide. he drowned with his feet in the sand but overwhelmed by the waves. He was a good man and I know died like he wanted.




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tigerfoot
LA-Monroe Fan
Alexandria
Member since Sep 2006
39750 posts

re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
This is so sad. But he died saving his family.

He also drove home the point to respect the current to hard heads like me

I let my kids get in the water this year w red flags out and I know a few times they had gotten a tad too far. This story hit home


lsuson
LSU Fan
NOLA
Member since Oct 2013
6439 posts

re: Louisiana Native Drowns, saving his daughters...
Man they should have videos playing on local tv channels along the gulf coast all year round educating people on how to deal with a rip current and what the different flags mean. I’ve been caught in a riptide and I didn’t panic. Got pulled out maybe 100 yards and swam back in a few hundred yards down the beach. If I had been loaded may have been a different story.


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