Along with others, a 13 year old boy named Cade witnessed the tragedy from his own back yard.
One of the onlookers who had jumped in to save the drowning man, but couldn't, said “If only I had something to throw to him I think I could have saved him!” Every second counts when someone is drowning. Time can literally be the difference between life and death.
This sparked the idea in Cade of "The Devoted Float," an awareness and resource organization focused on the importance of installing dockside lifesaving devices. Cade is working locally with the Lake Norman Marine Commission, state legislature, law enforcement, The Qualified Captain, and West Marine to spread the message of encouraging all dock owners to install a lifesaver ring. Lifesaver rings are often found on boats and at swimming pools, but rarely are they found on docks. This is a simple idea that truly can save many lives.
Cade has also started an Instagram page called @thedevotedfloat where he asks people to install dockside flotation as well as send him fun photos of installed lifesaver rings as a way to get the message out in a light hearted way.
While Cade started the movement in the Lake Norman area, his message has now spread nationally.
1 out of 7 injury related deaths are due to a drowning. There is very little time to rescue someone that is drowning and often those that jump in to save others find themselves quickly in trouble.
A flotation device is a valuable rescue tool and simple to use.
We appreciate your support in helping us spread our message. Cade is my first cousin's son. This is a remarkable effort that this young man has made to help others in a deep and devoted manner. What a big heart and drive he has! Let's keep this effort going! Read and please help save lives with a simple fix. Click here.
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