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    nearly lost another son

    My son and his family are on a year long adventure in Australia. He is working at hospital where they are living.
    Part of the 'adventure' was going body boarding in the ocean.
    Well, yesterday he got caught in a rip tide and lost control. Could have been carried away.
    I don't know the details but the lifeguard saw what was happening and rescued him.
    Scary. My stomach is threatening to revolt.
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    I'm glad he was rescured... I was caught in a small rip tide off Martin's beach in Northern California when I was in the navy and at the beach with a bunch off the ship.... scared the bejeasous out me... it's good thing you can't drink sea water 'cause I'm sure it wouldn't have been fit to drink.... fortunately, we were still relatively close to shore and I was only in about chest deep water.... I grabbed at one of my buddies and he pulled back a little which pulled me out of the tide..I went into the navy as a non-swim, so no telling what would have happened if my buddy hadn't been standing right where he was..... it's been over 50 years since then and I can still feel the sensation of the tide.
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    explain to me chuck how a guy within arms length is safe yet yu were being pulled away??? not doubting yu just dont understand the tide thing..
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    Glad he's ok Frank. How's his stay going otherwise? Is his work visa getting worked out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Glad he's ok Frank. How's his stay going otherwise? Is his work visa getting worked out?
    They love it all. But we think the grandchildren are getting a little homesick. Yes, he is now back from New Zeland and is fully licensed in Australia and working at the local hospital.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Glad everything is OK. I can just imagine how you must of felt. They probably shouldn't of told you about it.
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    Glad He's OK. No one likes a close call like that!
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    God Bless him and good thing he was on a beach with a life Guard.
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    Glad he's okay, Frank!
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    Thankfully he's OK, and x2 on the beach with lifeguard. Those Aussie Lifeguards are a different breed, and purportedly extremely well prepared. Sounds like he had a good one on site that day.
    -Ned

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