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Kurt Dickson
September 6th, 2011, 02:49 PM
http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com/2011/09/in-blink-of-eye-accident-in-maui.html

chaos
September 6th, 2011, 04:07 PM
a horrible accident indeed... and an OW swimmer's worst nightmare.

i did see a pic of John Caughlin walking around, and hear that his spirits are good.

jkormanik
September 6th, 2011, 04:45 PM
Tragic. One of the stories I read about this indicated the boat was actually an escort boat. If so, that may be even worse.

KatieK
September 6th, 2011, 04:47 PM
Tragic. One of the stories I read about this indicated the boat was actually an escort boat. If so, that may be even worse.
I don't think it was an escort boat. The comments section gives a detailed account of the accident--it looks like one of the even organizers made a comment.

smeltgirl
September 12th, 2011, 11:27 PM
This tragedy has been haunting me since I heard of it. I am so sad for this swimmer--what a miracle that he is even alive after his body went through such a shock. I hope that this story is pursued and the details of what happened are brought to light. It is really important that we make open water swimming as safe as possible. It is such a glorious experience, the sport must go on. But we have to do better than this. I feel real grief for this man as he deals with life without his arm. Truly, a swimmer's worst nightmare. Motor boats really scare me. If anyone knows this man and can let us know how he is doing, I would really love to know. He has been in my prayers, he really has.

Brian Stack
September 13th, 2011, 12:20 PM
This tragedy has been haunting me since I heard of it. I am so sad for this swimmer--what a miracle that he is even alive after his body went through such a shock. I hope that this story is pursued and the details of what happened are brought to light. It is really important that we make open water swimming as safe as possible. It is such a glorious experience, the sport must go on. But we have to do better than this. I feel real grief for this man as he deals with life without his arm. Truly, a swimmer's worst nightmare. Motor boats really scare me. If anyone knows this man and can let us know how he is doing, I would really love to know. He has been in my prayers, he really has.

Here's the latest we've heard about John Coughlin, a San Mateo masters swimmer from our pacific Weekly Update:

Thoughts and Prayers
San Mateo Swimmer severely injured
Maui Channel Swim

John Coughlin of the San Mateo Athletic Club was severely injured when he was sucked in the propeller wash of a nearby boat. The 41 year old swimmer from Half Moon Bay was about the finish the 9.6 mile Maui Channel Swim.

I have heard that John is doing well. He is out of ICU and in the regular part of the hospital. There was pizza and Coke delivered to his room one night. John received note from the Australian relay team that won the Maui channel swim - he was stoked about that.

Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family. As information becomes available, it will be posted on the web site.

You can check for more information on the Pacific Masters web site:
www.pacificmasters.org

smeltgirl
September 13th, 2011, 01:05 PM
Thank you so much for this information. I will keep checking the Pacific Masters Swimming website to see how he is doing. I find it touching that he enjoyed hearing from the winning relay team from Australia. Maybe the Masters swimming community generally could send him cards? I feel like we swimmers are all connected to one another in our love for the water and for swimming. I don't know where we'd send it--it looks like the San Mateo club he is with is a fitness center. If anyone has any thoughts on how we might show our support for John Coughlin, I would love to hear them.

Brian Stack
September 13th, 2011, 06:04 PM
Thank you so much for this information. I will keep checking the Pacific Masters Swimming website to see how he is doing. I find it touching that he enjoyed hearing from the winning relay team from Australia. Maybe the Masters swimming community generally could send him cards? I feel like we swimmers are all connected to one another in our love for the water and for swimming. I don't know where we'd send it--it looks like the San Mateo club he is with is a fitness center. If anyone has any thoughts on how we might show our support for John Coughlin, I would love to hear them.

Here's the San Mateo Masters website, http://www.smccd.edu/sanmateoathleticclub/aquatics/masters.asp
there is contact info there for the head coach. I'm sure if you wanted to send John a note they would give you contact info.

Brian Stack
September 13th, 2011, 07:43 PM
Thank you so much for this information. I will keep checking the Pacific Masters Swimming website to see how he is doing. I find it touching that he enjoyed hearing from the winning relay team from Australia. Maybe the Masters swimming community generally could send him cards? I feel like we swimmers are all connected to one another in our love for the water and for swimming. I don't know where we'd send it--it looks like the San Mateo club he is with is a fitness center. If anyone has any thoughts on how we might show our support for John Coughlin, I would love to hear them.

Here's the San Mateo Masters website, http://www.smccd.edu/sanmateoathleticclub/aquatics/masters.asp
there is contact info there for the head coach. I'm sure if you wanted to send John a note they would give you contact info.

smeltgirl
September 13th, 2011, 09:25 PM
Thank you, Brian, what a great idea. I just emailed the coach. If he agrees it's a good idea to send cards there or to John Couglin directly, I will let you guys know.

chaos
September 13th, 2011, 10:27 PM
There is a PayPal account set up for donations to help with John's recovery and rehab expenses. Please help if you can. There is a link in the blog post:

http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com/2011/09/in-blink-of-eye-accident-update-in-maui.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

orca1946
September 16th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Tragic !!!! I hope the family sues the son of a bitch for all they can get !!!!

swimthegoodfight
September 18th, 2011, 10:37 AM
any news on the accident? was the boat an escort boat for a swimmer / relay? the accident seems so careless and wreckless on the part of the boat operator.

our capacity for stupidity exceeds the imagination.

thoughts and prayers with the swimmer.

Allen Stark
September 18th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Did this story just disappear from the news cycle?There are no updates via Google since 9/06.What happened to the driver of the offending boat?I am not saying that the officials made a mistake(as I read once"nothing is foolproof because fools are so clever") but was it just the bad judgement of one person and how can it be prevented in the future.

nhc
September 20th, 2011, 07:12 PM
There is a picture of the swimmer (after the injury) here (http://swimcoachdirect.blogspot.com/), with smiles. Seems like an unbeatable man. Hope he recover soon and get back to finish the swim.

swimthegoodfight
September 20th, 2011, 08:19 PM
cut-and-pasted from the maui channel swim website...


Effective for all future MCS races
Solo Division has been Discontinued

thoughts and prayers for John Coughlin - based on what I have seen here John will be in open water events more quickly than imaginable - good luck to you John

Kurt Dickson
September 21st, 2011, 02:47 PM
Not sure how cancelling the solo division helps the problem of somebody running over a swimmer, taking both arms, and robbing him of any meaningful work prospects for the forseeable future.

swimthegoodfight
September 21st, 2011, 05:12 PM
seems relay swimmers would remain at risk... this seems like a huge f***-up by the boat operator, and small f-ups by a few others.

john seems like a warrior both in and out of open water, and quite honestly, civil court action is up to the swimmer.

Since I do feel at some risk as a swimmer in an open water event and this accident scares me, I would like to know if this person was charged with careless and wreckless operation of a watercraft.

I do realize this was an accident.

I imagine more than a few people feel like absolute crap over this mess, and if a few postings on a message board make you feel worse than you probably do not fear near as badly as you should.

Let's all be careful out there.

chaos
October 13th, 2011, 12:10 AM
http://lifeafter615.blogspot.com/

a link to John's recovery blog.

jim clemmons
October 13th, 2011, 03:21 PM
http://lifeafter615.blogspot.com/

a link to John's recovery blog.

Thanks, David. Great blog.

orca1946
October 13th, 2011, 05:13 PM
I hope he is doing well by now, as can be!

nhc
January 28th, 2012, 11:25 PM
This terrific guy is back in the water (http://lifeafter615.blogspot.com/) (video).

Bobinator
January 29th, 2012, 10:05 PM
I wish him nothing but the best. I'm amazed he can swim so balanced on his first attempt back after the accident. He did a good job working the opposite shoulder to balance the pull. I'm thinking after a couple weeks he'll really be going smooth.