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Young Boy Rescues SWB Victim During Swim Practice

as told by Heather Furlong         On March 11th 2014, I stepped onto the pool deck ready for another grueling swim practice. My closest friend, Shannan Maher, got into a swim lane across the pool from me and we both started our warmup. We were just starting the main set of the evening when my friend decided…
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Two Navy SEALs Drown in Training Facility Pool

"Sources within the SEAL community tell SOFREP that the two SEALs were involved in an exhaustive underwater workout practicing breath holding techniques when the two apparently experienced what is commonly known in the diving community as a SHALLOW WATER BLACKOUT. It’s unknown whether the two were spotting for each other." Click here to read more.   Also see Military.com.
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State of Vermont Dedicates Month to SWB Awareness

"Less than a year after the death of Vermont native Benjamin Haller, family and friends have organized a nonprofit to spread the word about the tragedy and help prevent more deaths like his. Wednesday, the state dedicated a month of awareness in his honor..." Click here to read more. We hope that the rest of the US will follow Vermont! No…
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Mother Who Lost Son in Spearfishing Accident Warns About Shallow Water Blackout

Cody Bilbrey-Nickless, a 2014 Citrus High School graduate and Hernando teen, went spearfishing June 22 with some friends about 17 miles off the Hernando County coast. “He had no idea what was coming,” Heather Carmichael said about her son, Cody Bilbrey-Nickless, drowning as a result, she believes, of shallow water blackout. “He was completely healthy.” (Click here to continue reading)…
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Young Girl Saved From Shallow Water Blackout by Her Sisters

"Diving for pool toys almost cost seven year old Laylah Titley her life last week....It has since become known that Laylah suffered from shallow water blackout - which is a loss of oxygen towards the end of a breath-hold dive in water shallower than five metres where the victim does not feel the need to breathe and blacks out." (Click…
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Informative Article on SwimSwam.com

This article is the first in a series of three on shallow water blackout that will be published to raise awareness of the issue and help prevent further tragedies from occurring. "Shallow Water Blackout: The Quiet Killer" July 14th, 2011. 21-year-olds Bohdan Vitenko and Jonathan Proce of Staten Island were eager to join the armed forces. In preparation for their…
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