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The right moment is a split second. On either side are too soon and too late. Which would you rather be?

I have been involved in five water rescues. Four were successful. In each of the successful rescues I acted before I was certain that the person was in dire straights based on intuition and experience. In the fifth instance, I had to paddle an air matress across a lake (Battleground)in order to get to where the victim went down. While I traveled 1/4 mile to the scene, others sat on their tubes nearby shouting that someone had gone down. I was the first to dive for the victim. On the second or third dive in 30 feet of water, a Lifegaurd and I pulled up the man who was inebriated and swimming in his blue jeans. He was Lifeflighted out unconscious on a respirator but died en route.

Act on your gut feelings. Too soon is always better than too late.
 
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