8 Drowning Kids Saved by Heroic Strangers (VIDEO)

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oregan lakeSome heroes wear tights and capes, some heroes wear camouflage and artillery belts, and some, as it turns out, wear jeans and t-shirts. A family in Oregon is being praised for their incredible heroism after they plucked eight children from drowning in a lake Saturday. The Gibson family had gathered for a little reunion at Henry Hagg Lake when Evan Gibson saw a little boy flailing about in the water. He recognized the child needed immediate help and rushed to the shore. His three sisters and a nephew followed him, and when they got in the water, they realized that two of the children, who range in age from 6 to 13, had already sunk to the bottom.

The family then formed some sort of assembly line and started passing the drowning kids one by one, hand by hand, to safety. They say they didn't realize how many kids there were, but just knew they had to do something.

The first person the heroic family pulled from the water was the mother of two of the children, who had gone in after the drowning kids, but she didn't know how to swim, either.

Actually, none of the drowning victims knew how to swim, which begs the question, what the heck were they doing then, swimming in a lake?

Apparently, the lake has a sudden and deep drop-off. One minute you're wading knee-deep, the next you're struggling to stay alive.

Thankfully, the Gibson family knew about the drop-off and were able to realize that those kids were in real danger. The fire chief said that professional rescuers couldn't have done a better job -- the Gibsons were just that good.

I can't imagine the fear in the parents' eyes as they watched their kids go under, knowing the children didn't know how to swim, and knowing that they couldn't help because they, themselves, don't know how to swim, as well.

I also can't imagine their relief when everyone was rescued. It's been reported that everyone's doing amazingly well.

Thank goodness for the Gibsons, huh? This story could have had a disastrous and tragic ending had it not been for them. Also, life-vests or even noodles obviously aren't a bad idea if you're taking eight kids to a lake and not one of them knows how to swim.

What do you think of this story?


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Tanya Frey

None of them knew how to swim.. but they ALL went and had NO floatation aids?

ALMOST a Darwin.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Isaiah 25:11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.

Christina Reyna

.... If all 8 of them did not know how to swim why in teh hell did one of them try to run for help instead of following one by one into the deep lake.... better yet why be at the damn lake at all?!?! Get a swallow kiddie pool if you want to wade around in water, do not go to a lake and not know how to swim.

looka... lookatyou

First Thank God for the Gibson family and all that rescued this family.  Second I must say that the mother is a idiot for even taking her children out in any water be it a lake or pool or whatever and none of them know how to swim.  She needs to get them lessons before attempting to do it again.  I hope she does not let this hinder her children abilities to learn how to swim.  My grandson learned how to swim at the age of 2.


sterl... sterling21

It's not a rquired that you know how to swim to visit water or live by water, are you banned from living in Manhattan because you can't swim and its and island? I am glad the Gibson could help sounds like the rest of you folks would have let them drown to teach them a lesson.

wamom223 wamom223

Sterling its about common sense for your children.  I don't know how to swim so I don't take my son to the pool or lake alone.  Even though we go with a strong swimmer he still has to wear a safety devise.  I don't know how to swim because I am afraid of the water, and I'm afraid of the water because I almost drowned.  I still have nightmares about that day, and wouldn't want any child to have to experience it.  No one was saying they would let the people drown,  we just don't understand why they weren't more responsible.  I think the neighbor lady is a bone head for letting her kids play in their large backyard pool without supervision, that doesn't mean I would let her kids drown.

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