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May 2, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
An amphibious tourist boat sank Saturday, drowning 11 people as panicked passengers scrambled for life preservers and nearby residents rushed to their boats to pluck victims from choppy water on a lake. The open-air World War II-vintage boat sank quickly on Lake Hamilton near this tourist town. A cloth canopy may have trapped the victims as the wheeled craft went down less than a mile offshore, Mayor Bob Mathis said. A survivor, Gary Ledin, said there was little time to react.
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July 5, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A toddler and an adult suffered severe injuries Sunday after nearly drowning in separate incidents, according to fire officials. The first near drowning took place about 1:40 p.m., where the 3-year-old victim had been watching a movie with his mother and sister at their home in the 400 block of North La Reina Street in Anaheim. "He was promised they would go swimming when the movie finished," said Robyn Butler, Anaheim fire spokeswoman.
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May 28, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant died when he slipped off a boat, injured his head and drowned, authorities said Monday. Gerard McCune, 53, of Long Beach was with his wife and some friends in the west anchorage of Dana Point Harbor shortly before midnight Sunday when he apparently slipped off a swim step and hit his head on it, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Menendez.
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May 2, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
An amphibious tourist boat sank Saturday, drowning 11 people as panicked passengers scrambled for life preservers and nearby residents rushed to their boats to pluck victims from choppy water on a lake. The open-air World War II-vintage boat sank quickly on Lake Hamilton near this tourist town. A cloth canopy may have trapped the victims as the wheeled craft went down less than a mile offshore, Mayor Bob Mathis said. A survivor, Gary Ledin, said there was little time to react.
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August 18, 1994 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire officials credited two Riverside County men with saving a 3-year-old boy from drowning Wednesday in an apartment complex pool. The boy's relatives apparently lost sight of him for a moment in the pool, according to John Sahm, a Santa Ana Fire Department spokesman.
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September 6, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The flutter of a grandmother's ailing heart probably led to the drownings of the woman and her 21-month-old grandson in their backyard pool, Ventura County coroners ruled Thursday. Anahit Dolmaian had a history of heart problems, said Simi Valley Police Lt. Tony Harper. "The coroner's opinion is she suffered a heart arrhythmia, which caused her to fall and push the child into the pool," Harper said.
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April 27, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beer cans and cigarettes sit on a dockside step near an empty slip in Ventura Harbor, a memorial to three Vietnamese fishermen who drowned when their 32-foot boat sank in the Pacific Ocean. A friend and former business associate explains to onlookers that the two empty cans of Budweiser placed next to Slip 88 are very meaningful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A toddler and an adult suffered severe injuries Sunday after nearly drowning in separate incidents, according to fire officials. The first near drowning took place about 1:40 p.m., where the 3-year-old victim had been watching a movie with his mother and sister at their home in the 400 block of North La Reina Street in Anaheim. "He was promised they would go swimming when the movie finished," said Robyn Butler, Anaheim fire spokeswoman.
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June 23, 1991
In response to Jim Landis' commentary on pool safety ("Hold Pool Owners to Higher Standard of Safety Than Others," June 16): You are wrong! Responsible adults can make sure children don't drown in pools. You can watch them 100% of the time, while they are out back by the pool. You don't leave; you have an adult watching the swimmers, or if you have to leave, the kids go with you or something--but you don't leave kids alone. My parents have a pool. They raised three of us with countless friends without a drowning incident.
NEWS
September 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
Three suspected illegal immigrants have died in the last three days crossing the Imperial County desert east of San Diego. The Imperial County Sheriff's Department received a report late Monday that six immigrants were in need of help at Plaster City, a Salton Sea community about 80 miles east of San Diego. A dispatcher for the county coroner's office said that at least one man was dead and five other people were in need of medical care, but no other details were available.
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April 27, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beer cans and cigarettes sit on a dockside step near an empty slip in Ventura Harbor, a memorial to three Vietnamese fishermen who drowned when their 32-foot boat sank in the Pacific Ocean. A friend and former business associate explains to onlookers that the two empty cans of Budweiser placed next to Slip 88 are very meaningful.
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September 6, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The flutter of a grandmother's ailing heart probably led to the drownings of the woman and her 21-month-old grandson in their backyard pool, Ventura County coroners ruled Thursday. Anahit Dolmaian had a history of heart problems, said Simi Valley Police Lt. Tony Harper. "The coroner's opinion is she suffered a heart arrhythmia, which caused her to fall and push the child into the pool," Harper said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant died when he slipped off a boat, injured his head and drowned, authorities said Monday. Gerard McCune, 53, of Long Beach was with his wife and some friends in the west anchorage of Dana Point Harbor shortly before midnight Sunday when he apparently slipped off a swim step and hit his head on it, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Menendez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1994 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire officials credited two Riverside County men with saving a 3-year-old boy from drowning Wednesday in an apartment complex pool. The boy's relatives apparently lost sight of him for a moment in the pool, according to John Sahm, a Santa Ana Fire Department spokesman.
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June 14, 1990 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A shortage of lifeguard and swim instructors in Orange County has forced at least one city to close a pool for the summer and is resulting in cutbacks in swim classes in other cities, officials said. As parks and recreation workers across the county prepare to open pools June 25, Garden Grove officials said the Bolsa Grande High School pool will be closed this summer because of the shortage.
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