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Tourists Videotape Drowning Father

Renald Charles on Sunday faced every parent’s summer nightmare. A riptide snared his 10- and 13-year-old sons in the waters off Ocean City, Maryland, according to WTOPNews.

Mr. Charles did what any father would do: He tried to save them.

Michael Andrew, owner of a boat carrying tourists to shore from a parasailing trip, did what any decent person would do; so did one of his crew members: They jumped in to help Mr. Charles.

The tourists did what any moral imbecile would do: They videotaped the struggle.

The two boys survived, but now they are fatherless. Mr. Charles died trying to save his sons, while others videotaped his final desperate moments, as though they were watching a Sea World show.

And so they join the despicable ranks of the Kansas shoppers who stepped over LaShanda Calloway as she lay bleeding on a convenience store floor and the Everest climbers who passed by David Sharp as he lay dying near the mountain’s peak and all others who view another person’s sufferring as no more than a curiosity as they make their selfish way toward shore, summit, or check-out counter.

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1 thought on “Tourists Videotape Drowning Father

  1. While the Ocean City tourists and Kansas shoppers sound reprehensible, I believe the situation is significantly different with climbers on Everest.

    David Sharp knew the risks and willingly accepted them. The father who drowned in Ocean City may have chosen to jump in to save his kids, but that was an immediate decision. ANy mountain climber knows, for months in advance, that they are about to undertake a seriously dangerous activity and that they may not survive it.

    You should realize that, although you climb with others and climbers do try to help each other, ultimately you cannot expect thay they will be able to save you if you get in trouble. It is just too difficult and too dangerous. That sounds cold, but it is the truth when dealing with the environment into which David Sharpe chose to go.

    There was once an attempt to retrieve a body from Everest. A crew of about half a dozen climbers with the sole objective of getting to the body and bringing it back. No distractions of getting to the top or anything else. Just bring the body down the mountain. Not even going up, just bring the thing down. Down is easy, right? After hours of strugggle and effort they had managed to bring the body down the mountain about 100 feet. Naturally, the effort had to be abandoned and the body is still there.

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