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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Underwater Safety "Net"







Many spectators aren't aware that during the swim leg of Ironman, professional divers are positioned below the surface of Lake Coeur d'Alene to watch for signs of trouble.

3 comments:

Phil said...

Now that's a cool bit of information I never knew. Thanks!

My son was just asking me yesterday what happens if a swimmer gets knocked unconscious by another swimmers kicks.

Kerri Thoreson said...

Phil, I found that out last year when I watched the swim leg from Independence Point dock with the EMTs. But today Chris Copstead, who finished Ironman last year, told me the wet suits will keep even an unconcious swimmer bouyant. John Bruning was also out on the dock this morning and said his daughter, who volunteers in the medical aid station, says the most common injury after the swim is to the eye. Lots of hands, elbows and feet in the mass of swimmers!

ThereseAnn said...

Thats wonderful they have the "underwater safety net"
I had no idea, and after viewing the news...via the net -watching them all take off is amazing.

Thanks for your blog...
supporters of Michael Hennessey... He's attempting a worlds record and helping us to get the word out that trisomy is not always fatal... my child is almost 8 yrs.
She's is the joy in my day... Its wonderful to see so many athletics do these IRONMAN events for a cause. View the new video feed Coeur d'Alene Ironman kicks off without a hitch
http://www.kxly.com/Global/category.asp?C=113688&nav=menu683_1
and

Texas man attempts 20 Ironmans in 2008! He's our man!!!!! Michael Hennessey...
http://www.kxly.com/Global/category.asp?C=113688&nav=menu683_1

Please view his website and help him support trisomy awareness
http://www.ironmanforkids.com

ThereseAnn, mom to Natalia- full t13 8yrs.
They said she'd never walk and now we walk hand in hand!
http://www.livingwithtrisomy13.org