Recently, an individual drowned at a particular estate pond. Loss of life is tragic and sad, regardless of the circumstances. My sympathies to his family. Water is nothing to play around in. Sea water offers a certain amount of buoyancy, not so pond water.

For the Christmas vacation, instead of spending time at the malls or with their phones I am suggesting to all parents, let your children learn to swim competently. The life they save will be their own. Every four years I must endure Helicopter Under Water Egress Training. It is one of the most arduous tests US marines undergo. Research it on the web.

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