CDNN :: Young boy nearly drowns during PADI scuba diving course
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by LUTHER MONROE - CDNN Dive Safety News Editor
BAPTIST LAKE, Michigan (28 August 2007) -- A young boy is in guarded condition in a Michigan hospital after nearly drowning during a PADI scuba diving course at Baptist Lake.
Recently, the unregulated U.S. dive industry rolled out scuba diving courses for kids to "grow the scuba diving industry" according to PADI, a privately-held company based near Los Angeles, California that sells scuba diving certification cards, fish feeding scuba holidays and sports apparel.
Local sports fisherman Todd Thompson saved the 12-year-old boy after hearing screams from the PADI scuba diving instructor who was teaching the course.
Thompson heard the instructor and other divers screaming for help just as he started to pull his boat out of the water after a day of fishing at the lake.
"I had the boat at the launch and was backing up onto the road," Thompson told reporters. "There was a couple of the divers that started screaming out in the water."
The divers were in the water about 140 meters from the boat launch where Thompson was standing when he heard the screams...