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4-Year-Old Saves Toddler Sister: 'I Grabbed Her Tummy'

Gray Forrester was in the right place at the right time when 2-year-old Andie fell in the pool

(Newser) - Gray Forrester is just barely school age, but the 5-year-old has already earned the label of hero. WBIR reports that Gray was just 4 during an incident in their Knoxville, Tenn., yard that led to his 2-year-old sister, Andie, almost drowning. Their mom, Laura, said on the day in question... More »

Boy's Death in Grease Trap Came as Mom Turned Her Back

It only took seconds

(Newser) - He'd been out of sight for a second when it happened. As employee Tenitia Cullum grabbed garbage bags from the rear foyer of a Tim Hortons in Rochester, NY, just before 11am on July 15, her 3-year-old son walked over the 2-foot-wide lid of a grease trap outside the... More »

Fatal Underwater Proposal Wasn't Drowning: Sister

Steven Weber's family is questioning the story, says sister Mandy Hoffman

(Newser) - The sister of a Louisiana man who died while proposing to his girlfriend last week isn't convinced he really drowned, the New York Post reports. "This is all we keep talking about," says Mandy Hoffman. "Something other happened besides him running out of breath." Her... More »

Man Proposes Underwater, Never Comes Back Up

Steven Weber was proposing to girlfriend Kenesha Antoine in Tanzania

(Newser) - An American who proposed to his girlfriend underwater never emerged to hear "I do," CNN reports. Steven Weber was on vacation in Tanzania with Kenesha Antoine in a cabin with a submerged bedroom when he apparently made the fatal proposal. "You never emerged from those depths, so... More »

Treasure Hunter's Big Find Near Waterfall: a Man's Last Moments

YouTuber finds GoPro camera of Richard Ragland, who drowned in Tennessee in 2017

(Newser) - A recent find in the waters near a Tennessee waterfall won't bring back Richard Ragland, who drowned there two years ago, but it may answer a few questions and bring his family some closure. YouTuber Rich Aloha, who hunts for treasure as a hobby, tells WSB that he was... More »

Three Vacationers Drown at Beach, Girls Rescued

Americans were vacationing in Turks and Caicos

(Newser) - Three vacationing adults from the Houston area drowned off a beach in Turks and Caicos, while two children with them were rescued. The group, which included members of two families, was caught in a fast-moving tide Monday at Bambarra Beach on the island of Middle Caicos, officials in the British... More »

Female Paddleboarder Drowns in Yoga Class

Lisa Margaritis was only 49

(Newser) - A registered nurse drowned Friday while trying to save another woman in a paddleboard yoga class, CNN reports. Lisa Margaritis, 49, noticed a fellow paddleboarder struggling against the strong Long Island, NY, current and tried helping her, but Margaritis' board got jammed against a bridge piling and she tumbled into... More »

'3 Days of Wedded Bliss Turned Into a Nightmare'

Newlywed Dalton Rae Cottrell, 22, drowns during first ocean swim

(Newser) - Amid a slew of summer-drownings headlines comes a particularly tragic one out of Florida: A newlywed says her husband drowned during what was his first-ever ocean swim. The Florida Times-Union reports 22-year-old Dalton Rae Cottrell of Malcolm, Iowa, was swimming with his wife off Crescent Beach in St. Johns County... More »

Dad Makes Fatal Leap Into River to Help Daughter

12-year-old makes it out of the water safely

(Newser) - A man who spotted his 12-year-old daughter struggling in the water drowned when he jumped into Oregon's Santiam River to save her. The girl was able to make it out of the water safely, CBS News reports. Bystanders pulled out Baltazar Tellovelasco, 29, of Oxnard, California, but he couldn'... More »

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 »

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