DISCLAIMER: Open-water swimming is inherently dangerous. Open-water swimmers risk drowning, hypothermia, hyperthermia, heart attacks, panic attacks, cramping, jelly fish stings, fish bites, boat or jet-ski collisions, collisions with floating or submerged objects (including other swimmers), and other calamities that can be injurious, disabling or fatal! The "West Neck Pod" is an informal association of open-water swimmers who swim "outside the lines" with no lifeguard protection, it has no formal membership, organizational structure or legal identity, and its participants, including the author of this blog, make no representations and assume no liability with respect to its group open-water swims. All swimmers who participate in West Neck Pod group open-water swims do so at their own risk. Be careful out there!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Memorial Swim for July 4th Drowning Victims

All of us felt a deep sense of grief when three young children drowned in Cold Spring Harbor on the night of July 4th -- trapped in the cabin of a boat that capsized and sank in 60 feet of water. Though most of us in the West Neck Pod did not know Victoria Gaines, Harlie Treanor or David Aureliano, this tragedy nonetheless felt deeply personal for having happened in our own home harbor....within sight of our beloved West Neck Beach and our daily swimming routes. On Saturday, August 4th, the West Neck Pod will commemorate the one-month anniversary of this horrific tragedy with a Memorial Swim from Fort Hill Beach westward to the massive channel marker in the center of the Harbor -- near the site where the doomed boat sank. There we will place a memorial wreath in solemn remembrance of the lost children and in loving solidarity with their grieving families and friends.... Those wishing to participate in the Memorial Swim (or to kayak alongside us) should assemble at the West Neck Beach parking lot at 6:30 on Saturday morning, and we will then carpool to Fort Hill Beach for the 7:00 swim out to the channel marker. After the ceremony, we will return to West Neck Beach for our regular 8:00 group swim.... Please email us at westneckpod@verizon.net if you plan to participate in the Memorial Swim (swimming or kayaking). See you in the Salt...

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