Boy Mistakenly Rides Into Swamp – Chaveirim Attempts To Retrieve Bicycle

Chaveirim Bike In Water picPHOTOS & VIDEO: Chaveirim this afternoon spent about an hour trying to retrieve a bike which a boy mistakenly rode into a swamp. The boy was on a bike ride with his camp in the area of South Lake Drive when he mistakenly rode his bike into a swamp, thinking it was just another puddle.

The swamp however had a cliff and the bike quickly sank, but the boy managed to get out of the water before the currents could sweep him in.

Multiple Chaveirim members responded and tried retrieving the bicycle from the over 6 foot deep waters, but to no avail. The counselor also tried fishing out the bike while swimming in the water and holding onto a rope and a rescue tube, but could not locate the bike.

The Chaveirim members however did enjoy fresh pizza, brought to the scene by a Chaveirim dispatcher. TLS-89/TLS-CCP.

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  1. Bikes for pizza- got it- drown a bike down a pizza… sounds good!
    Um just to clarify- A swamp with 6 foot deep water and currents- sounds like a good place for an exciting family outing! Were is this exactly?

  2. You guys are awesome, but standing on the other side of the railing on that bridge the way you were it’s amazing you didn’t fall in. You should have been wearing a life vests and should’ve been tied off. So many things could have gone bad on this call. Stop and think about your own safety before you do these good deeds. The bicycle is not worth getting hurt over. Also the guy in the water should have a life vests on besides that other life saving device. Be smart, be wise and continue the good work.

  3. I totally agree with # 2 , people have R”L drowned in this Lake . Why risk life and limb for a bicycle ???? Unimpressed and outright stupid……

  4. This could have turned into a major tragedy. Without proper safety gear, no one should have been attempting to “rescue” a $50 bike in 6+feet of water with a “cliff” underneath it.

  5. As a matter fact, stagnant water is highly dangerous because there is a killer amoeba that has now killed three (in southern states). It is found in stagnant, non-flowing water (lakes, swamps, etc). It enters the nostril of the patient and eats up the cerebral fluid. August 5th a boy in Virginia just died of this after going fishing. And the warning issued thereafter said that one should avoid “stagnant or slow-moving bodies of water”.

  6. How come nobody bothered to ask why the area, which is prone to flooding, wasn’t properly fenced off or properly marked?
    The water level had risen due to the recent rainstorms. There’s a bridge over the area, but it’s obviously not constructed well because the boy was able to scoot around it. B”H this story had a happy ending, but something needs to be done to improve the safety of the area where this occurred.
    The Chaveirim members, my son included, tried to fish the bike out. They also tried to dissuade the counselor from going after the bike. When he insisted, they provided whatever safety gear they had available and remained on scene until he was safely out of the water.
    I know the boy this happened to. I’m sure they fahgin the money, zol zein a kapara, and are glad their son is B”H okay.

  7. Chaveirim? This is what you call Chaveirim for?
    What a waste of peoples donated money.
    Did you all hear of the story a few weeks back how Chaveirim saved the day when there was a power outage on Friday and with minutes to spare, right before Shabbos, Chaveirim swooped in with generators and literally saved the day for the ba’alei simcha. THAT is what makes Chaveirim special and that is what they are there for, not for some kid who decided that he was smarter than the rest of his bunk and decided to try riding his bike through a “puddle.” That kid deserves a kick in the pants, not help from Chaveirim volunteers.
    Use your brains before you call Chaveirim, please.

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