On a cool early morning at a park lake in southern California, Brad, (a Father of two small boys ages 4 and 5) wakes his boys up to go on a fishing trip they had planned for weeks. This is one of their first fishing trips and they have been beyond excitement for several days now..
On the way to the lake, Brad is talking to the boys about the big fish that are in the lake and how they may catch a record fish. The boys chatter in excitement.
They arrive at the lake at around 8:30 am and begin fishing at the waters edge. The lake is shallow from the bank out to about 15 ft. from the bank and then, makes a sharp drop-off. Brad figures this would be a safe place to fish with the boys. The boys barely know how to use a fishing pole, so Brad is busy showing them. Each boy has their own pole.
Len, the older of the 2 boys, is trying to cast, but cannot get his bait any more than about 3 feet from the bank, so Brad goes to show him how to cast again. Josh is the younger son and he is standing within arms reach of his father while Brad is teaching Len.
While Brad is showing Len how to use his pole, he is constantly looking back to check on Josh. As he turns to go next to Josh, he doesn’t see him “Len, where is Josh?” asked Brad. Len nonchalantly says” I don’t know.” Brad scours the area with his eyes and as he is looking towards the lake, he sees Josh coming up for what seems to be his last breath of air as he begins sinking back down into the muddy water. Brad had bundled both boys up with jackets, coats and long pants to keep them warm while fishing. Consequently, the weight of Josh’s clothing pulled him underwater quickly. Somehow Josh is about 30 ft. out from the bank in the middle of the cold, murky lake. Brad immediately dives in to save his son, but he cannot see in the dark, muddy water. He frantically searches the stained water by stretching out his arms and waving them around underwater. He feels wires and metal objects on the bottom of the lake.
Suddenly he feels the arm of Josh’s struggling body. Grabbing him, He quickly rushes to the bank of the lake where Josh begins to cough out water.
Unexpectedly, a man appears out of nowhere with several orange towels.” I saw you dive in to save him and I heard your screams.” The man proclaimed. Here are some towels to dry him. As Brad dries the boy off with the towels, the man says “I have heard stories from people saying there are bicycles, old fencing, barb wire and lots of sharp objects in the lake. You are very lucky to have found him in there.”
“So that’s what I felt while I was searching for him under there.” Brad said.
Brad was concerned with hypothermia, since the air was chilly and the lake was much cooler than the air. He rushed the boys to their truck and headed for home. Meanwhile, Josh is slowly turning paler and his lips are purple. “Josh, are you getting warmer yet?” inquired Brad. Josh didn’t answer.
As they arrived at home, Brad immediately rushed Josh into the bathtub of warm water to bring his body temperature back to normal. As Brad was removing his wet cell phone and soggy wallet from his jeans pockets, he realized they had just missed a speeding bullet.
” We will never go fishing again without our lifejackets on!” Brad Exclaims.
Josh makes a full recovery and when he grows into an adult, he becomes a certified diver for a statewide search and rescue team.