Family Fun in the Sun at Texas Swimming Holes – Please Watch Your Children
One of my favorite aspects of Texas summers is the many ways we try and cool off from that infamous heat the lone star state is known for. From water parks, floating rivers, splash pads, lakes and swimming holes are a part of Texas culture. That's why it's important for adults to pay attention to possibly dangerous situations.
Last week Elizabeth Crowe shared a scary moment she had at the Blue Hole in Georgetown, TX on Facebook, which has been shared over 17,000 times in four days. Her detailed account of what happened to her son was harrowing.
She began her message as such:
Please hold your babies tight and let them know you love them. Yesterday May 31, 2017 will be a day my family will never forget.
You can read the whole post by clicking on the photo above, but the gist of it was that a few of her boys went upstream to where a man-made rock wall stood and then she heard a scream - her son Benny was being sucked under water.
Her sons, herself and a few other women close by rushed to the scene and tried to pull the boy up but the pressure was just too strong. Apparently, someone had removed the grate that covers the drainage hole.
She said her boy passed out, turned blue and was under for three minutes. She thought she was going to watch him drown right in front of her.
The mother jumped into the bottom of the hole and tried pushing him up rather than pulling. After praying and with the help of the women above the water, they got him out and he was rushed to the hospital. With God's Grace, he made it out alive with no water in his lungs or broken bones.
The moral of this story isn't to avoid places like Blue Hole, Jacob's Well, Hamilton Pool and other great water attractions in Texas. It's just to be aware of the surroundings and to watch your kids.
Also, make sure everyone has a swimming buddy. If Benny's brother wasn't there, I shudder at what we would have reported instead.