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A Newlywed Was Drowning. Then Came the Olympian

Italy's Filippo Magnini credited with saving man in Sardinia

(Newser) - "When I became conscious my first thought was about my husband." A few hours later, newlywed Andrea Benedetto "realized that Filippo Magnini was the man who saved my life." Magnini, an Olympic swimmer for Italy and former world champion in the 100m freestyle, was at Sardinia'... More »

He Saved His Daughter, but Couldn't Save Himself

Thomas Zakrewski, caught in rip current, drowns off Florida beach

(Newser) - A leisurely stroll at the beach quickly turned into a nightmare for a Georgia woman, who watched Tuesday as her husband slipped beneath the waves. Six to eight relatives from Georgia were walking along a curved sandbar on the shore of Florida's North Captiva Island around 5:30pm when... More »

Mom Who Allegedly Drowned Son Is Eligible for Death Penalty

Sherri Telnas is charged with 4 counts

(Newser) - The son she tried to kill 11 years ago is dead and her other son is in a coma . It's possible she could be put on death row if convicted of the crime. The Visalia Times-Delta outlines Tulare County prosecutors' options in the case of Sherri Telnas, who was... More »

He Saved His Boy. Others Couldn't Save Him

Christopher Schultz remembered as 'a hero' in Minnesota

(Newser) - He saved his 3-year-old boy from drowning, and died in the effort. Christopher Schultz, 31, of Frazee, Minnesota, immediately jumped into the water when his son fell from a bridge while they were fishing at nearby Dead Shot Bay on Saturday, reports the Duluth News Tribune . But Schultz "began... More »

Country Singer's Son Drowned at Home

Rep confirms River Smith's cause of death

(Newser) - River Kelly Smith, the 3-year-old son of country singer Granger Smith, died in a tragic drowning accident at home, according to rep Jay Jones of BBR Music Group. Smith, 39, shared the awful news Thursday that River couldn't be revived after a "tragic accident." "Amber and... More »

Son Dies Trying to Save Dad Who Sleepily Stepped in Lake

Jermiah Israel and his father were fishing on West Point Lake

(Newser) - In a sad story from Georgia, a son dived into a lake to save his father—but only the father came out alive, the LaGrange Daily News reports. Seems Jermiah Israel, 34, was sleeping alongside his dad Sunday night on boat tied to a bridge after a day of fishing.... More »

Flooded Creek Sweeps Away 4-Year-Old Boy

Owen Jones is just 4 years old

(Newser) - Authorities are desperately searching for a 4-year-old Indiana boy who was carried away by a flooded creek on Thursday, CBS News reports. A witness saw Owen Jones get pulled downstream by Deer Creek in Delphi and told authorities, triggering a search by drone, boat, and sonar. But it switched to... More »

Father and Son Lifesavers Die While Rescuing Tourist

Australian pair's boat flipped

(Newser) - Lifesavers across Australia paused for a minute's silence Monday to honor a father and son who died while trying to rescue a tourist on Easter Sunday. Ross Powell, 71, and son Andrew, 32, both volunteer lifesavers, drowned after their boat was flipped in heavy surf conditions, the BBC reports.... More »

Investigators: Drowning Deaths Are Really Murders

Were the 'Smiley Face Killers' behind it?

(Newser) - Dakota James, drowning victim? So says a coroner, but others suggest the 23-year-old Duquesne University student was murdered by the "Smiley Face Killers"—an alleged group said to be eliminating young men across the country, CBS Pittsburgh reports. Officially, James parted with friends after an evening out in... More »

No Adult Moved to Save the Drowning Man. A 5th-Grader Did

11-year-old in Minnesota gets $50 gift card and much praise

(Newser) - When Lalitha Mareddy of suburban St. Paul, Minn., saw a man at the bottom of her apartment complex's pool, she urged several men standing nearby to dive in. None of them did. Like Mareddy, they couldn't swim, per CNN . "In our culture, it's not a usual... More »

Men in a Golf Cart Tried to Cross a River. Their Wives Hit Them

Tragic drowning of tourists in Thailand

(Newser) - A Christmas Day outing at a Thai golf course ended in tragedy for two South Korean tourists who were visiting with their wives. The BBC reports that 76-year-old Jaseoong Ha and 68-year-old Jun Yong Sung drowned in a freak accident Tuesday as they tried to cross the Nan River in... More »

Mom Whose Baby Drowned in Hurricane Charged With Manslaughter

North Carolina authorities say Dazia Lee ignored barricades on closed road after Hurricane Florence

(Newser) - "I did everything I could as a parent to save him and protect him." That was the initial emotional statement given by Dazia Lee to the media after her 1-year-old son, Kaiden Lee-Welch, drowned while the two tried to flee surging North Carolina floodwaters in the wake of... More »

6 Formed a Human Chain to Find a Teen. All Drowned

Firefighters were caught in an abandoned mining pool in Malaysia

(Newser) - One tragedy in Malaysia has been compounded by an even greater one: Six rescuers drowned Wednesday night while trying to find a teen who'd fallen into an abandoned mining pool, reports the BBC . The firefighters had tied themselves together with a rope and formed a human chain as they... More »

Cops: Dad Played Video Game While Infant Son Drowned

Alabama father charged with reckless manslaughter

(Newser) - A father in Alabama has been charged with reckless manslaughter in the drowning death of his 5-month-old son. Police say Cordarius Cotton, 23, put the boy in the bathtub at his Birmingham home Sunday night, turned the water on, and then forgot about his son for an hour while he... More »

His Girl Drowned While Fishing. Was It an Accident or Murder?

Wendell Lindsey's daughter died in 1990

(Newser) - "I let her down," says Wendell Lindsey of his 10-year-old daughter Jeanette, who drowned on Feb. 27, 1990, despite his attempts to save her. Lindsey was 33 at the time; he's now 62, and serving a life sentence at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit prison in Gatesville,... More »

Coroner Rules on What Killed Cranberries Singer

Dolores O'Riordan died in an accidental drowning after a night of heavy drinking

(Newser) - The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan in January stunned the world, and a new development may prompt further shock waves. An inquest in the UK took place Thursday on what would have been the performer's 47th birthday, and the court heard that O'Riordan died of... More »

Exhausted Moose Drowns After Crowd Scares It Into Water

The tired animal had just made a long swim from New York to Vermont

(Newser) - Vermont wildlife officials say a moose drowned in Lake Champlain after people crowded around the animal to take its picture, per the AP . Fish and Wildlife Officer Robert Currier tells WCAX that the moose swam across the lake from New York to South Hero, Vt., on Saturday. He says it... More »

Bode Miller's Wife Posts Tragic Pic of Their Baby Girl

19-month-old Emeline Grier died in a drowning accident earlier this year

(Newser) - Two months ago, little Emeline Grier died in a pool accident . Now her mother, Morgan Miller—the wife of former Olympic skier Bode Miller—is making one of Emeline's final moments public with an Instagram photo , reports Fox News . The pic shows Morgan cradling the 19-month-old as she is... More »

Missing US College Student's Body Washes Ashore in Israel

TeNiya Jones drowned after being caught in a rip current

(Newser) - The Florida 19-year-old who was caught in a rip current during a Tel Aviv beach swim Saturday has been found dead. TeNiya Jones, a University of Kentucky sophomore who was studying in the school's exchange program in Jordan, took a weekend trip to Israel with two friends before her... More »

A Toddler Drowned in a Day Care Pool. Her Twin Just Died

Tragedy in Tennessee at unlicensed child-care facility

(Newser) - A Tennessee toddler drowned in a day care's swimming pool Friday, and now her twin brother has also succumbed to his injuries, per the Knoxville News Sentinel . The little boy, identified by People as Elijah Orejuela, died Sunday after two days on life support; his sister, Elyssa Orejuela, died... More »

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