Off topic but timely warning now that Summer is here.
Got a call from my brother Friday afternoon.
My sister drowned off the Oregon coast Friday morning around 10 a.m.
She was swimming with her daughter and got caught in a riptide.
Her daughter made it to shore but my sister did not.
God Bless You Cassie ....
So sorry, Jim.
Oh man !! I'm so sorry to hear that. My deepest condolences for your loss.
Jim, that is just too sad, our prayers are with you and for Cassie
Very sorry to hear such sad news. I will pray for you and Cassie.
I just saw it on the news. Jim I am very sorry for your loss.
My deepest condolences to you and your family.
When I was growing up, six of us kids about two years apart in a small house that was all bedrooms.
I am the youngest, Cassie next in line.
Cassie and I had bunk beds, built forts, played and had fun.
She was a teacher, the most noble of professions.
I am o.k.
Softly cried my self to sleep and woke up crying this morning.
Thank you everyone.
Jim my deepest sympathy and prayers go to you and your family, and Cassies family. Growing up in Northern Ohio, I am all too familiar with the dangers of rip currents. They can catch the best of swimmers off guard. God be with her.
My condolences to you and your family at this sad time.
Jim, so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences and prayers to you and your family. The loss of my Dad several years ago really helped me better understand how normal and important it is for us to go through the different stages of grief. If you aren’t familiar with those of if you need a refresher take a look at: http://www.recover-from-grief.com/index.html or http://www.way2hope.org/5_stages_of_grief_and_loss.htm or one of the other websites that describe those different stages. I know I went through all 5 of those and back through several of them several different times when I lost my Dad and later my Mom. It is just nice to know that our feelings are normal and we are not losing it. And while each of us does that in a slightly different way all of us need to do it so in time we can move on with our lives.
I found the following country song helpful to me during that time and I wanted to share it with you. It’s by Brad Paisley called “When I Get Where I am Going.” Even though it says “don’t cry for me down here” it’s really ok to get misty eyed – sometimes it really expresses the way we feel. And yes – there will be some sort of 30 second commercial for something at the beginning [and this time it was even a good advertisement for cars, music, and Pennzoil…] – but then the song starts. It is located at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYHT-TF4KO4 . And remember to “turn off the video at the end or at least hit replay” as sometimes the song that follows doesn’t fit in at all.
You and your extended family will be in out thoughts and prayers.
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I'm so Sorry!
How truly sad. My heart goes out to you and your family.
My condolences, Jim.
Down here in Florida, they are constantly warning people about, they don't call it riptide, these dangers. Can't remember what they call them. Old age, I guess.
Such sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Please be careful driving
My sympathy and prayer are with you for your tragic loss. Riptides are a big problem here in Florida and each year several beach goers are tragically lost. As a lifelong Floridian, I grew up knowing what to do in case I was ever caught in a riptide, but many who come to Florida and are seeing the ocean for the first time, are not aware of the dangers.
If you are ever caught in a riptide that is carrying you away from shore, do not fight it and try to swim toward shore. You will only wear yourself out. Instead, start swimming parallel (along with) to the shore in either direction and you will soon be out of the outgoing riptide and able to swim back toward shore.
My deepest heart felt condolences to you and your family Jim.
I've been caught in rip currents several times at the Texas coast. By God's grace, Scout and lifeguard training I've made it out. It's hard to overcome the instinct to make it back to shore by the shortest path but that's how most tragedies begin. That and the fear of not being able to touch bottom is overwhelming. Being able to stay calm and not fight the current will be your lifesaver. Jim Patrick's post works!
If any of you can't swim, at least learn to float and do the backstroke then pass it on. All three of my children were introduced to swimming when they were six months old. They are taught to NOT swim to people but to safety. The lessons stuck and they've passed it on to their children.
Sympathies and prayers from here as well Jim. My daughter got into real trouble at Ecola (Oregon) a couple years ago, got pulled into rocks and cut up quite a bit. Last year, same daughter took surfing lessons at Ventura. One of the first things out of the instructors mouth was a discussion of rip tides. This included exactly the steps Jim Patrick outlined above. An interesting side bar was teaching her how to recognize the color change in the water as the sand was being sucked off the bottom. Once you knew what to look for, it was really interesting how apparent it was. But certain you were mentioning this more for the pain of losing your sister than hear us go on about tides. Again, sympathies. Been there - done that on sudden tragic loss of family members, so empathize greatly.
Well shoot man, Carol and I are very sorry to hear of your profound loss, Jim. You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers this day.
Very saddened to see this. I have tried to figure out which is worse, to lose someone unexpectedly, or to suffer through years of decline. However clearly, worse than either of those, is to lose someone this way. Too young, suddenly, and enjoying family time. Sad beyond words.
You and your family will occupy my thoughts and prayers for some time.
Growing up on California's coast, we spent a fair amount of time at the beach (usually near Santa Cruz). I got caught in a riptide twice that I became aware of. Once, I calculated that I could swim against it and make it to shore. I was right, but I was so exhausted from it that I sat on the beach for about a half hour. The other time, I switched to floating on my back and doing the back stroke parallel to the shore for a ways, then turned in. That is definitely the better way to do it. It can be quite alarming to suddenly realize you are fifty to a hundred feet further out that you thought you were. Panic is, of course, the worst thing you can do.
Jim, my condolences.
Everyone, drive, and swim, carefully. W2
Brother Jim, so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your sister Cassie. Our deepest condolences to your whole family. We'll keep all of you in our thoughts & prayers.
Adrienne & Wayne