I think the mothers of these children are disgusting for allowing their babies to die
I think such unfounded statements are disgusting, dear "Upnorth" (may you have peace!). People don't [learn to] swim for many reasons, including unfounded fear of their own. Some simply can't - they just panic too much! And some drown, even though they can swim and very well. In that light, here's a very appropo comment, IMHO, from responders to the article:
"Every year children and young adults die in the lakes and rivers that are an integral part of the Seattle, Washington area, not because they can't swim, but because they make poor choices; such as jumping off of docks that are clearly marked as "do not dive" areas, then getting stuck in the seaweed and other debris underneath the water, that one cannot see before entering.
An ability to swim is not a guarantee of survival when a poor choice is made. Panic sets in, and people grab onto each other in the hopes of survival, only to take others down with them (as happened last year with two adults in an area I am familiar with in the Kirkland, Wa. area), and I suspect that is a major part of this tragedy. The most important thing we can teach our children is to stay in areas they know, and not to venture into areas they don't, because it is too easy to get caught in an area where one cannot see what is under the surface.
Swimming skills are great, but survival skills (don't panic!) and as much common sense as possible, are even more valuable."
I applaud this responder, as well as the one who wrote "It was a SINK HOLE. How do you 'prepare' for that?"
None of us can say what we WOULD do in a moment of tragedy, dear one, but what we would only HOPE to do. This was a tragic accident that may or may not have occurred regardless of whether the victims could swim or not. If knowing how to swim would have prevented such deaths, then there is absolutely NO logical explanation for those who drown in similar situations (i.e., trying to save others, but being pulled in, especially when someone panics)... although they CAN swim.
Please, rethink your "disgust" as there but perhaps for the grace of God... could have gone YOUR children.
Again, I bid you peace.
A slave of Christ,