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Good Samaritans were being credited with saving the life of a 6-year-old boy Sunday after the youngster nearly drowned during an outing at an East Bay park.
The incident took place at around 4:19 p.m. near the Tot Town playground at the San Leandro Marina.
An Oakland man saw the boy in distress in the water and raced in to pull him out. Once onshore, others joined in to perform CPR on the boy until officers arrived on the scene.
San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said the boy was unconscious at the time.
“If it weren’t for observant people in the park and their swift actions, the outcome of today’s incident may have been drastically different,” he said in a release.
The boy was revived and rushed to Oakland Children’s Hospital for further treatment. His condition was not immediately available.Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:11:41 -0700
Some churches are not only offering to save souls, but giving people the chance to win popular and pricey electronic items in an attempt to increase their congregation size on Easter Sunday.
Easter is one of the busiest days of the year for many churches. According to The Daily Beast report, more Americans attend church on Easter Sunday than any other day of the year, increasing the average congregation size anywhere from 25 to 50 percent.
The competition between churches to increase membership is so fierce that some megachurches are sweetening the deal by holding high-end raffles on Easter. The Daily Beast reports that Christian Life Church in Lexington, Okla., was offering all Easter attendees a chance to win one of several prizes, including flat-screen televisions and Nintendo Wii systems. All first-time visitors to Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., would receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.
Churches tempting worshippers with consumer goods is not such a new trend, according to The Daily Beast. Over the last few years, churches have given away everything from cars to vacations in order to gain new followers.
The public was urged to use caution Sunday as a high-surf advisory was issued for the Northern California coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the advisory for the coastline extending from Sonoma to Monterey County. That means there is an increased risk for rip currents and sneaker waves on west and northwest facing beaches.
Ocean Beach in San Francisco drew out the crowds to its picture perfect backdrop Sunday afternoon.
Elisha Caunday and her husband made a short trip from Palo Alto to soak up the sun with their two boys.
“We just thought it would be a beautiful day to spend Eater with the people we love,” Caunday said. “We were actually way out in the water and the life guard came by and told us to be careful.”
Beach Patrol spread the word about the high-surf advisory. It was a surprise to Lena Ferreira who was visiting from Toronto.
“I just wanted to put my foot in and say that I was in the ocean today,” she said.
Alexandra Picavet with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area said even beaches like Crissy Field can be dangerous because of the currents.
“Don’t turn your back on the water and don’t wade into the water, especially with a high surf warning,” Picavet said.
Picavet explained that it only takes six inches of moving water to bring down an able-bodied adult and much less for children and it can happen fast.
“That rogue wave will come in and easily knock them down and that’s when they get pulled to the deeper waters,” Picavet said.
On April 9, 14-year-old Marco Cornejo was pulled out to sea while wading with his cousin at Ocean Beach. The boy’s father tried to rescue him, but he too was caught in a current. The father and cousin were rescued, but Cornejo’s body was never found.
It’s a reminder to never underestimate Mother Nature no matter how tempting the water looks.
“I wasn’t planning on going too deep into the ocean, but I guess now that I know I’ll be keeping my eyes open,” Ferreira said.
As a reminder, owners should not go after their dogs that get caught in a current. Dogs are much better swimmers than people and will almost always survive.
The high-surf advisory lasts until 5 a.m. Monday.Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:32:41 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories