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Old 07-19-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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I'd agree that it's more inexperienced swimmers and stupidity, not that the lake swallows people up.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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It sounds to me that if there were more designated swimming/beach areas available to the public it might help with the safety of some swimmers. It is obvious that we need safe swimming areas on the lakes. I find it very frustrating to be so close to the lake and not be able to use it
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:27 PM
 
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It sounds to me that if there were more designated swimming/beach areas available to the public it might help with the safety of some swimmers. It is obvious that we need safe swimming areas on the lakes. I find it very frustrating to be so close to the lake and not be able to use it
Amen! If you are not a property owner by the lake, boat owner or Duke Power Employee....you're practically screwed getted lake or river access in this area in NC or SC.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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While doing my run in Jetton Park this morning, I noticed a few boats including the Cornelius Police boat sweeping the area. They were in the cove that borders the east side of the park. I don't believe the water in that partiular area is over 30 feet deep, but bodies tend to float around depending on the gases in one's body and the water currents as slow as they may be. It was a sad situation, but it is normal for any place where people swim and don't practice common sense. I don't think it is a reason to dissallow others to enjoy the water. More tickets should be written for not having proper floation devices.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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It sounds to me that if there were more designated swimming/beach areas available to the public it might help with the safety of some swimmers. It is obvious that we need safe swimming areas on the lakes. I find it very frustrating to be so close to the lake and not be able to use it
I agree. We jump off a boat and go swimming all the time. That is legal. We jump off a private dock and go swimming. That is legal too. It is illegal to wade into shallow water from the shore and go swimming. This tragic accident (detailed information has not been forthcoming) does not confirm the existing laws at all.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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It doesn't matter if the lake is 8 feet deep or 100 feet deep. A person can drown in most any depth of water. Millions of people swim without PFD's at the oceans' edges every day, and that's with waves that move you 20 feet at a time, currents and undertows going in multiple directions at once. How often do we hear of people drowning at the beaches?

It all comes down to the common sense and capability of the individual. If they can swim, great. If not, precautions should be taken or they shouldn't get in the water.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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We dont here about beach drownings because there is no need for local
news to report news from the beach

Hopefully someone here can help out - NC beach drowning...
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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We dont here about beach drownings because there is no need for local
news to report news from the beach

Hopefully someone here can help out - NC beach drowning...
You're kidding, right? We hear about the weather, shark attacks, the fire they had last year, etc. We hear all sorts of beach news, and news from many other places that aren't local.

Indeed.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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I grew up on Lake Norman. Swam in it and survived. There was one year where the cove froze over and we were dumb enough to walk out on it from the pier.

But we were taught how to swim (and had water safety courses) at an early age and we always had some flotation device (even if it was only a ski belt) on us.

Unfortunately these kinds of things happen. People need to stop blaming the big bad lake and use a bit of common sense (and a PFD).
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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This made the rounds on facebook a few weeks ago - it's good information to remember!

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning
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