Alcohol Played A Role In The Whitewater River Drowning-Death Of A Man

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 06 July 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Alcohol

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According to accounts by friends as well as documented reports, Michael Wayne Day had been swimming without incident in Connnersville’s Whitewater River when he briefly struggled and abruptly disappeared beneath the surface. Subsequently, friends who were with Michael at the time of his untimely disappearance, and later death, made a 911 call which occurred at approximately 12:37 that afternoon.

Eighteen minutes later, or approximately 12:55 that afternoon Mr. Day’s body was located, upon which time Fayette County Emergency Medical Services officials retrieved the body from the river. Mr. Day was then transported to Fayette Memorial Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Further accounts by witnesses reveal that Mr. Day was in the process of swimming across the river when he suddenly and briefly went under before reemerging, only to struggle once again before going under and not returning.

According to a statement by one conservation officer, Mr. Day’s friends were initially under the impression that he was joking and not really drowning. Yet, when they realized that he was not joking and came to his rescue, they could not locate him and it was too late to save his life.

Officers have revealed that alcohol played a role in Mr. Day’s death although they are not completely certain of the details just yet. An on-going investigation regarding Mr. Day’s death is being conducted explained a spokesperson for Indiana Conservation Officers and they are sure that the details from the report will inform them the extent to which alcohol was responsible for Mr. Day’s death.

Research Prevention reveal that the use of alcohol has been involved in upwards of seventy percent of deaths concerning water-related activities and recreation. In fact, alcohol is said to not only alter mood of an individual who has consumed it, but also influences coordination, balance, perception and judgment, and when heat and or sun exposure are also variables results can be fatal.

The buddy system should always be implemented during swimming outings and each swimmer should be in close enough proximity to provide emergency aid if necessary. As well, the use of a life jacket is commonly used to assist beginners and insure they sustain buoyancy. Life preservers are also useful where combating fatigue is a concern.

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DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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