Sad Saturday at the Playa

Caonabo

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Yesterday, while enjoying a nice Saturday at Bayahibe beach, a tragic event occurred. A tourist, or perhaps expatriot, who only moments earlier was enjoying the day as everyone else, entered the water, but did not return under his own control. It seems the individual suffered a medical emergency while swimming in the ocean. Unknown if it was the effects of a cardiac arrest, seizure, or exposure to the water following such, but he was in grave condition following. The 9-1-1 service was utilized, and an ambulance responded within 10 minutes to take him to a local facility. Nothing more of the gentleman is known at this time.
With this in mind, it is all too convenient to blame the local government or authorities for lack of essential needs, but some responsibility does need to be given to one's own physical well being. Tragedies occur, but some measures can be instituted to protect one's self. Visit doctors for exams. Take required medications. Stop smoking. Lose unnecessary weight. Do not drink to excess. The list is long, but the measures are not difficult at all.
Many tourists and expatriots have worked hard their entire lives to enjoy the opportunity to visit or live within the RD. Take care and control of yourself, and reduce the possibility of going for a simple swim, and not returning under your own control.
 

PlataSI

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Yesterday, while enjoying a nice Saturday at Bayahibe beach, a tragic event occurred. A tourist, or perhaps expatriot, who only moments earlier was enjoying the day as everyone else, entered the water, but did not return under his own control. It seems the individual suffered a medical emergency while swimming in the ocean. Unknown if it was the effects of a cardiac arrest, seizure, or exposure to the water following such, but he was in grave condition following. The 9-1-1 service was utilized, and an ambulance responded within 10 minutes to take him to a local facility. Nothing more of the gentleman is known at this time.
With this in mind, it is all too convenient to blame the local government or authorities for lack of essential needs, but some responsibility does need to be given to one's own physical well being. Tragedies occur, but some measures can be instituted to protect one's self. Visit doctors for exams. Take required medications. Stop smoking. Lose unnecessary weight. Do not drink to excess. The list is long, but the measures are not difficult at all.
Many tourists and expatriots have worked hard their entire lives to enjoy the opportunity to visit or live within the RD. Take care and control of yourself, and reduce the possibility of going for a simple swim, and not returning under your own control.
Not sure if its in the right - but what is unnecessary weight?
 

zoomzx11

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Yesterday, while enjoying a nice Saturday at Bayahibe beach, a tragic event occurred. A tourist, or perhaps expatriot, who only moments earlier was enjoying the day as everyone else, entered the water, but did not return under his own control. It seems the individual suffered a medical emergency while swimming in the ocean. Unknown if it was the effects of a cardiac arrest, seizure, or exposure to the water following such, but he was in grave condition following. The 9-1-1 service was utilized, and an ambulance responded within 10 minutes to take him to a local facility. Nothing more of the gentleman is known at this time.
With this in mind, it is all too convenient to blame the local government or authorities for lack of essential needs, but some responsibility does need to be given to one's own physical well being. Tragedies occur, but some measures can be instituted to protect one's self. Visit doctors for exams. Take required medications. Stop smoking. Lose unnecessary weight. Do not drink to excess. The list is long, but the measures are not difficult at all.
Many tourists and expatriots have worked hard their entire lives to enjoy the opportunity to visit or live within the RD. Take care and control of yourself, and reduce the possibility of going for a simple swim, and not returning under your own control.
People do not anticipate that a simple swim can easily turn into a demanding physical effort.
If you are not in good sound physical condition the swim back to the beach can be too much.
Add in the waves and the water making it difficult to breathe and the disaster recipe is at hand.
Drowning is so needless that it is always a terrible sad event for me to read.
 

LTSteve

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Yesterday, while enjoying a nice Saturday at Bayahibe beach, a tragic event occurred. A tourist, or perhaps expatriot, who only moments earlier was enjoying the day as everyone else, entered the water, but did not return under his own control. It seems the individual suffered a medical emergency while swimming in the ocean. Unknown if it was the effects of a cardiac arrest, seizure, or exposure to the water following such, but he was in grave condition following. The 9-1-1 service was utilized, and an ambulance responded within 10 minutes to take him to a local facility. Nothing more of the gentleman is known at this time.
With this in mind, it is all too convenient to blame the local government or authorities for lack of essential needs, but some responsibility does need to be given to one's own physical well being. Tragedies occur, but some measures can be instituted to protect one's self. Visit doctors for exams. Take required medications. Stop smoking. Lose unnecessary weight. Do not drink to excess. The list is long, but the measures are not difficult at all.
Many tourists and expatriots have worked hard their entire lives to enjoy the opportunity to visit or live within the RD. Take care and control of yourself, and reduce the possibility of going for a simple swim, and not returning under your own control.
Unfortunately you hear a story like this more often than not. Swimming in the ocean can be hazardous in the DR. Many times you are in water with rip tides and strong currents that some have never experienced before. Couple that with your physical abilities and you are now in conditions that are over your ability to control. If you have health concerns on top of all of this you have compounded the problem. Remember there are no life guards or anyone monitoring the beach conditions. As a tourist not familiar with this you need to beware and take precautions before taking any risk. What looks like beautiful surf and sand could turn into a life threatening situation quickly. If possible don't go into unfamiliar waters alone. Above all use COMMON SENSE when taking any risk.
 

Russell

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When I was much, much younger I was a marathon swimmer; back in 1967 our swim team swam 100 miles to commemorate the 100 birthday of Canada...it took a year to get into shape. Today I do not swim in the ocean... and little in pools. We were always told that swimming uses more muscle energy than any other sport . I also played Rugby and can attest to that concept. Having stated that: My extra weight , aged muscles and a heap of common sense keeps me floating in the pool.
Swimmer beware....Russell