Sunday, January 24, 2010


There we were, 8.30am, three not very good swimmers, up to our waists in the Lagoon talking about blogging - as one does. Not many people in the water, just two further down & one smaller one by the reef. Next thing we knew was a little voice calling - we thought - "I've found it, I've found it, come quick!" but really calling "I'm drowning, I'm drowning!" The mother, who was ankle deep with a very young child then yelled "Can anybody swim?" We took off at once but the current was strong. The kid was sitting & hanging onto the reef crying "Mummy, help, I'm drowning". By this time we could see the other two were in trouble. Not many people on the beach but thank goodness two strong men were swimming out to the two in trouble. We were struggling to reach the little one when another guy swam up with a blow up kick board, got him off the reef & back to shore. A bit of a crowd was gathering further down on the beach, an ambulance had arrived, then the life guards. Apparently the two others, father & son, were exhausted & the father was throwing up so he was taken to hospital. The family had never been to Yanchep Lagoon before. People don't realise how strong that current can get, it all looks so calm. Luckily there was no tragedy today.


Stephanie V said...

Glad there was a happy ending to your story!

I did get a giggle out of the three of you casually speaking of blogging! It struck a familiar chord...can you imagine saying that five years ago?

Blue said...

Such drama to start the day - glad it came out all right.