Mon Aug 8, 2022

‘The life jackets just hang there’ – physician urges ‘chain of survival’ to combat drowning

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After the 2016 drowning death of a 16-year-old girl who became overcome by boat fumes and slipped into deep water at Lake Waccamaw, community members set up a site at Sigmon Landing for boaters to leave a life jacket or take a life jacket if needed. Dr. Peter Chambers has donated flotation devices to the pickup site himself, he said, but, “The life jackets just hang there.” Staff photo by Justin Smith

Dr. Peter Chambers says there’s more to preventing drowning than teaching people to swim. The family and emergency physician works for Columbus Regional Healthcare System; he’s also medical director of Columbus County Emergency Medical Services. In his military, private and professional life, he’s had years of experience

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