If any of you have teenage kids in the family sit them down and have a little heart to heart talk with them soon, about moving water. Many years ago my Great Uncle, who was an old U.S. Navy "Hard Hat" diver responded to a remark I made about going for a swim in the creek that ran near his house with an old Navy Man's lecture, the type he used to give to wet nosed recruits. Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, moving water has additional weight or energy because it is moving, they call that Kinetic Energy. The faster it is moving the more energy or weight it has. 8 inches of fast moving water can knock you off your feet and as little as 16 inches can drown you. I bring this up because here in the East we have had a series of big rain storms and in the last week four teen age boys have drowned here in Maryland because they thought going for a swim in some fast moving stream looked like fun. Latest one is the son of an acquaintance. Teen agers haven't developed the skills to estimate risk, adults need to enlighten them.
Bill Shuey who hates funerals