Rebecca Weiss, by all accounts, was an adventurer and explorer, but one of her main loves was free diving. At 50, she was a strong swimmer and loved the water, so how did she drown off the coast of California while reportedly on a simple snorkeling trip? This is the question her family is trying to answer.
She was missing for one week since August 11 when her husband, Alan Weiss, said she went to the beach alone. He said he found her car and dive bag at the beach, but could not find her.
The fact is, she was an experienced diver and an incredible swimmer, so the likelihood that she could have died in the water seems to not be sitting well with her family. See below:
Obviously, Weiss is deeply loved by her family and maybe they know something we don't. But even her mother said she never saw any issues in their marriage, so it seems very odd that they are planting the seed of doubt in the media's mind.
Understandably, they have lost a beloved family member and my heart goes out to them. But they must understand that any athlete can have a bad day. Even Michael Phelps might struggle under the weight of a particularly large wave or a bad muscle cramp.
Even Olympic athletes are not immune to bad days and muscle cramps and issues in the water and beyond, so why is it such a stretch to imagine that these things could have happened to Weiss?
Her family may be right. This might be a suspicious death. But it seems premature to put this idea out there and make the media turn scrutiny on the husband who, by all accounts, was not a bad husband to her before this tragedy.
Even as her family makes their suspicions known, authorities are downplaying them. This is likely just a tragic, tragic accident and they describe the husband as "very cooperative."
No one is invincible. Not even excellent athletes. Still, the family is suffering greatly and their tragedy is horrific and terribly sad. It makes sense why they might question it all.
Do you think the family has a point?