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Crab Island: Drowning In Beauty and Danger

Crab Island is a popular sandbar to go to and is probably one of the most beautiful places in Destin. During the summer, you see hundreds, or even thousands of boats carrying people to Crab Island to anchor in the shallow water and enjoy the scenery. According to Deputy Daryl Culberson of the County Sheriff's Marine Division, that's where a lot of the tourists go. They want to see the beauty of the water but in reality, that beautiful hides many hidden dangers. Culberson told WEAR Channel 3 "They're not thinking that the really nice area that looks so great, that I just anchored up in ankle deep water is dangerous, and it could kill you if you're not careful. They're not listening to that. They only see what they see and unfortunately it gets them in trouble some times." Most of those who find themselves in trouble are around the edge of the sandbar, where the depth of the water can increase very quickly. There are other things that can surprise people in that area. The tides that cross Crab Island can also overpower swimmers. This is when they panic, start to struggle and end up drowning after tiring out. Another thing Culbertson sees which leads to needing to be rescued - swimmers chasing down cheap rafts. Since May, two swimmers, a 20-year-old Pace man and a 24-year-old Tuscaloosa man, have drowned. Others have had to be pulled from the water.

Drowning in Liability: Residential Swimming Pool Safety

According to the Florida Department of Health, drowning is the leading cause of death in Florida among children between ages one and four. Thus, you can imagine my dismay when I read about two children who recently died as a a result of drowning in a residential pool. One of the drownings happened in Bay County. WJHG reports 911 dispatchers received a call from a mother in the north end of the county (Southport area) who said she could not find her two-year-old son on Monday morning. Just before help arriving, however, one of the deputies learned that the child had been found in the pool. Family, friends and the deputy performed CPR until paramedics arrived. They then pronounced the child dead at the scene.  Sheriff's deputies have not yet released the name of the boy or the family.

PRESSURE BY INSURANCE COMPANY - STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

Have you been injured in an accident? Is an insurance company pressuring you to settle your claim? Many people find themselves facing these questions and others. Injured victims often describe a sense of urgency to make a decision about the settlement of their claim. This feeling that you experience is often created by an insurance adjuster. Adjusters will often pressure you to make quick decisions soon after an accident or before you have completed your treatment. Many people find that without the help of an attorney they will accept less money and still face ongoing medical problems. The insurance company is not your friend during this process, although many of their advertisements on TV paint this picture. The adjuster will initially sound sympathetic, and show concern about your well being, but does that individual or the company they represent truly have your best interest in mind OR are they more concerned about the bottom dollar and the insurance company's yearly profit margin.

CHILD DROWNING

Many People enjoy swimming and don't think of the dangers of drowning. Everyday in the United States nine people drown. The statistics are quite alarming, especially for parents with young children. Realizing the risks and potential dangers can go a long way in preventing pool accidents. See NBC Today Show on Pool Drownings On Rise

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