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Old 06-17-2004, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default 3 die trying to save drowning girl at Fort Worth park

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Southwes...s.ap/index.html

Survival of the fittest at work again. Some people are just stupid beyond belief.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- An 8-year-old girl drowned and three people, including her father and brother, died while trying to rescue her from a decorative pool where "No swimming" signs were posted.

The Rev. Gerald M. Dew, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, said the man and children had gone to the Fort Worth Water Gardens to play because the pool at their nearby hotel was closed. The 5.4-acre water garden has pools with powerful motors to circulate water through fountains and waterfalls.

Dew identified those who drowned Wednesday as Myron Dukes, 35; his daughter Lauren, 8; his son Christopher, 13; and an unrelated 11-year-old girl, whose name was not released pending family notification.

Witness accounts varied on what happened. Apparently, Lauren Dukes jumped or slipped into the water and the 11-year-old girl fell in when she tried to reach in and help her. Lauren's father and brother then jumped in to try to save the girls.

One witness, Christian Tillis, 14, said he saw the girls slip into the water and tried to help.

"I dived in after them. I felt a little-bitty hand, but it slipped out," he said. "And then I had to get out because I couldn't breathe."

Dot Kent, a spokeswoman for the city of Fort Worth, said "no swimming" signs are posted in the park and near the pool. She said she understood that the little girls had on swimsuits when their bodies were recovered.

A pump at the bottom of the pool that pulls water to a waterfall apparently created a suction that made rescues difficult, Fire Department spokesman Lt. Kent Worley said.

"A young person would not have the strength or the knowledge of how to get away from it," he said.

Jesse Spann, one of the church's deacons, said there are no barriers around the area and that steps lead down to the swirling pool. "As a child, when you see a waterfall, you think you can go play and swim there," he said.

All four victims were in town for the five-day National Baptist Sunday School Convention. At the hotel, church members gathered in a conference room to hug, cry and pray. Gospel hymns played on a tape recorder.

Worley said the Water Gardens would remain closed until police finish investigating the drownings. A memorial ceremony was planned for Thursday at the park.

Designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the gardens are free to enter and a common refuge from hot Texas days. Each minute, 19,000 gallons of water courses through the garden, according to the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Center.

Worley said in the park's 30-year history, "we have never had an incident such as this."

Standing before his teary-eyed church members in the hotel conference room, Dew struggled to find the words that would console his flock following the tragedy.

"The word that God told me to tell them was that he's still in charge and he's still in control, and that we only see the beginning, but God sees the beginning and the end, so we have to just hope in him," Dew said.
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tragic . . . that people think posted signs are there to ruin their fun and that they don't really have any meaning.
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:34 PM   #3
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"The word that God told me to tell them was that he's still in charge and he's still in control, and that we only see the beginning, but God sees the beginning and the end, so we have to just hope in him," Dew said.
I think upon reading this quote, God would say:

"I gave them half a dozen 'no swimming' signs, what in my name else do you want?"

That's a terrible story.
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:34 PM   #4
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That's sad
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:34 PM   #5
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Yeah it's all over the local news.

<---FYI Funkytown is Ft. Worth

Never imagined that someone would drown there, it's not really deep from what I remember.
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:35 PM   #6
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Interesting. Here's the report filed in the (local) Dallas Morning News. Note the differences?
By TANYA EISERER and KATIE MENZER / The Dallas Morning News



FORT WORTH – About 2,000 people gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday morning near the Fort Worth Water Gardens where four people drowned after one of them, an 8-year-old girl, fell into a pool and the others tried to help.

"Today our city extends our wings to enfold and comfort you," Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief told the crowd, many of whom held hands and wiped away tears. "We are very, very sorry about your loss."

During the service, The Rev. Gerald M. Dew, pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, urged mourners to remain faithful.


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From left: Clarence Tillis and his siblings Christian, Cameron and Brook of Fort Worth saw the Water Gardens tragedy unfold. Clarence and Christian said they tried to save the victims. "In spite of the tragic events of yesterday, God is still on the throne," he said.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office identified the victims as as Myron Dukes, 35, Christopher Dukes, 13, Lauren Dukes, 8, and Juantrice Deadmon, 11.

Witnesses said Lauren was eating an ice cream cone when she fell into a 9-foot-deep pool where water is circulated for the gardens. The suction of the pump pulled her underwater, witnesses said.

Several people went into the pool, including the man and two children, while trying to save the girl.

Clarence Tillis, 15, was visiting the gardens with his siblings and other relatives. He said he dived to the bottom of the pool repeatedly after he saw the girl fall and others dive in.

"They just fell straight to the bottom," he said. "It could have been one of us."

His brother Christian, 14, also jumped into the pool. He said it was difficult to see through the green water.

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F"I felt her hand, but it just moved away," he said. "The water kept pushing me to an opening spot where people could get sucked in."

Fort Worth firefighters and police officers pulled the victims from the pool, said fire department spokesman Lt. Kent Worley. He said the suction in the pool may have contributed to the tragedy.

"A young person would not have the strength or the knowledge of how to get away from it," he said.

When rescue workers arrived, about 100 people were milling around the gardens, which have been closed indefinitely.

Witnesses said the man who died was in the lobby of a hotel near the water gardens when his daughter fell in. He ran to help after a woman came into the lobby to tell them about the accident.

"He just ran straight out," Deonca Ussery of Dallas said.

The man and children are thought to have been part of the National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress in Fort Worth this week. The 20,000-member convention for children and adults focuses on methods to improve Christian education.

Witnesses said the victims were members of Antioch Baptist Church in Chicago.

"It's devastating. I know members of this church. It is unbelievable," said Rodney Smith of Chicago, who was attending the convention.

"It's been quite a remarkable week until just now. ... Our heart goes out to the families," said the Rev. Melvin Wade, president of the Missionary Baptist Convention.

Mr. Dukes was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His two children – were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center, as was the 11-year-old girl.

Emergency room physicians tried to resuscitate the children.

"None of them at any time ... showed any signs of life," said emergency department physician Corwin Warmink.

He said it doesn't take long to drown.

"People think it's a wailing and thrashing kind of drowning," Dr. Warmink. "Children drown very silently. They slip under, and the next thing you know they're gone."

Just after 10 p.m., three local ministers gathered outside the hospital to console people.

The $7 million Water Gardens project was completed in 1974. The Amon G. Carter Foundation commissioned New York architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee to create a park that would depict a mountain scene complete with rivers, waterfalls and pools. The finished project took 17,000 cubic feet of concrete, seven miles of retaining walls and 10 miles of pipes.

The gardens cover 4 ½ blocks. At its center, visitors can stand 38 feet below street level amid thousands of gallons of water cascading down a 710-foot wall. It takes 440-horsepower pumps to keep the park's water circulating.

Dot Kent, a spokeswoman for Fort Worth, said "no swimming" signs are posted in the park and near the pool. However, there are no barriers around the pool.

The park has had problems in the past. Its tiered concrete pyramids and a deep pool that allows pedestrians to climb down into a vortex of rushing water have been the sites of several accidents that have triggered claims against the city.

Strong winds in 1991 toppled an 80-foot-tall light standard that struck and killed two Internal Revenue Service employees attending a Fort Worth conference. The city eventually paid the men's families a total of $500,000 in an out-of-court settlement. The faulty light poles have been replaced.

Staff writer Katie Menzer reported from Dallas, and staff writers Tanya Eiserer, LaKisha Ladson, Margarita Martín-Hidalgo reported from Fort Worth. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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This is the first darwin award family I have hard about...
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So God was taking a dump when they drowned?
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I wish we could get some sweet, sweet super slo-mo video of these people dying.
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:39 PM   #9
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reach - throw - row but DONT GO
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Clarence Tillis, 15, was visiting the gardens with his siblings and other relatives. He said he dived to the bottom of the pool repeatedly after he saw the girl fall and others dive in.
Isn't it 'dove'?
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Isn't it 'dove'?
From A website:

The kids opened the box and dove into the pizza. But should they have dived? The verb dive has two past tenses, dived and dove, and both are acceptable. Dived is actually the earlier form, and dove may seem strange in light of the general tendencies of change in English verb forms. Old English had two classes of verbs, called strong and weak. Strong verbs formed their past tense by a change in their vowel. Thus drive (past tense drove) and fling (past tense flung) are descendants of Old English strong verbs. Weak verbs formed their past tense by adding a suffix related to -ed in Modern English. The verbs live (past tense lived) and move (past tense moved) come from Old English weak verbs. But not all of the descendants of Old English verbs have preserved this pattern. Many verbs have changed from the strong pattern to the weak one; for example, the past tense of help, formerly healp, became helped, and the past tense of step, formerly stop, became stepped. Over the years, in fact, the weak pattern has become so prevalent that we use the term regular to refer to verbs that form their past tense by the addition of -ed. However, there have occasionally been changes in the other direction. For example, the past tense of wear, now wore, was once werede; that of spit, now spat, was once spitede. The development of dove is an additional example of the small group of verbs that have swum against the historical tide.
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Isn't it 'dove'?
Both are proper...

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=dived
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The sad thing is that the remaining family members are probably going to try to sue the City of Fort Worth. They were saying that the city sould do more to protect the kids at the watergardens Are signs that say 'Do Not Swim in Fountains' not enough?

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sad...a error in judgement and 4 people are dead
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Thank you Neek for that very in-depth explanation.

But it's funny how micah did it with three words.
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Thank you Neek for that very in-depth explanation.

But it's funny how micah did it with three words.
Why say in 3, what you can in 300? Plus now you learned something...now you can walk around and use words like 'spitede' and 'werede'
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But it's funny how micah did it with three words.
My 300 are in the link
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I can't believe that the parent was INSIDE while the kids were playing around the fountains.
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I don't think the girl was trying to swim, but rather fell in and the suction was so great it could pull a full grown man to the bottom. Also, inspectors had already told them the signs were not large enough. What they really needed was a kill, pardon the pun, by the fountain so that they could shut off the suction to rescue the girl.
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