On October 24th something terrible happened to Louis Lowenthal during a Sunday morning workout at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC). According to The Baltimore Sun, "Details surrounding the Sunday morning incident are scarce." There was no witness statements included in the Baltimore Sun article save for that when paramedics arrived he was receiving CPR from lifeguards. Once transported to the hospital he slipped into a coma and later died.
Louis was well liked. He was good in school and even won an essay contest regarding his love for the sport of swimming. The principal even stated that he was a great writer. He was kind to others, excelled at science and apparently was a real asset to his family and the community. I feel terrible for the family and I know that their grief will never be comprehended by anyone who has not gone through something this painful. In fact, this sort of grief is so bottomless that they don't even have an English word for it. Example: when a spouse dies they call the surviving member a widow. When a child dies there is no word for the parents.
This happened Sunday and the media is reporting it both yesterday and today; (I only saw it today), but why aren't the NBAC owner
When news spread that Louis was in grave condition; 12-hours later is when the NBAC staff contacted the swim parents to let them know what happened.
A lot of questions here about his passing: Like exactly what happened on deck? Did he suffer from a congenital heart, brain or lung issue? How hard was the workout? Were lifeguards and coaches quick to determine what happened soon enough? All this needs to be in the public domain so that warning signs can be observed.
A memorial service will be held on November 6th. Let's hope the owners attend or at least say something that hasn't been parsed by a lawyer.
The Baltimore Sun: [Link]