After his son drowned in a swimming pool, he became a father to three children from Michigan.
Dave Snook, Wixom resident, stated that he would never allow his son to go near water without a life jacket.
Snook, 52, said that "Like clockwork" he would say to Andy, "Andy, make certain you have a Life Saver on whenever he's going swimming."
Snook claims that he wasn't informed his son Andrew "Andy", 13, would be swimming the day he drowned at Kampgrounds of America campground, Petersburg, Michigan.
Andy was camping with his friends and another family member when he tried to swim across the pond with one of his friends, Chief Deputy David Buchko from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said to FOX.
Snook claimed that he had received five missed calls about the incident, before speaking to "a complete stranger".
"The person began to feel like she was running a marathon, and then said, "Is this Andy's dad?" I knew there was something wrong. He drowned and then died, they originally said," Snook recalled.
Multiple requests to KOA for comment were turned down.
KOA spokesperson replied in an email that "out of respect for Andy’s family, we won’t be commenting at the moment."
Andy, who stands nearly 6ft tall, was swimming in 10 feet water.
Buchko said that Andrew was not behind Andrew when the alert went off.
Police confirmed that Andy was found by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and that he was rescued from the bottom of the ocean by a member the dive team.
Andy was transported to Toledo Hospital in Toledo Ohio where he was placed on a ventilator. After two weeks, Andy was transferred to Cleveland Clinic where he had been receiving multiple neurological tests.
Over the years, there have been drownings at KOA campground 15600 Tunnicliffe Road, Summerfield Township. Buchko's records indicate that the last drowning occurred in 2011.
Reports indicate that a 53 year-old Detroit resident disappeared from the campground on July 30, 2011. The victim was reported to have been missing since July 30, 2011. Diver teams and water rescue workers spent hours looking for him.
According to Monroe County sheriffs, a 33-year old man from Toledo, Ohio was declared dead on the spot after drowning at the same campground in 2008. __S.23__
According to statistics from World Health Organization, drowning accounts for 7% of all injuries-related deaths worldwide. There are approximately 236,000 drowning deaths annually. __S.25__
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published July 12 shows that around 75% of drowned children and teens are boys. Teenage girls are 10 times more likely than their male counterparts to drown. __S.27__
There are many misconceptions about swimming in open water. Even though open water is more common than swimming pools, there are still hidden dangers. Marie Snodgrass is the injury prevention program leader for the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's Pediatric Trauma Program.
Snodgrass stated that drowning can be misunderstood as a hearing loss. It is actually a silent attack. Snodgrass stated that these sudden events can cause shocks in seconds.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a non-profit organization that works to prevent childhood injury. They urge parents to show their children that swimming open water can be more difficult than swimming in a pool. This is due to currents, undertow, and other potential hazards that could make it more difficult to swim.
The agency recommends that you wear a life jacket while boating, and that you use designated swimming and recreational areas that have been evaluated by professionals. According to the agency's website, these spots will be marked with signs and include the presence of lifeguards.
For an emergency, parents or guardians should also learn water rescue basics such as CPR.
Snook said that the frightening experience with his son gave him a renewed desire to raise awareness about the dangers associated with drowning.
"Watch out for your children. Snook stated, "Watch your children.
Andy's recovery is supported by prayers that go viral
Andy was an athlete who achieved good grades in highschool, Snook stated. He also said that his son had played football for almost six years and was now getting ready to play high school football.
Snook stated, "I want the whole world to know that he is a happy soul." "He was happy, and he was just positive. He had a good outlook on the world."
Snook issued a plea for support and prayers on TikTok, the Children's Hospital of Toledo, Ohio. This was just one day after his son's June 26th accident. The video was viral and received 2.3 million views.
Friends, family and strangers all around the globe have offered their support. A GoFundMe page was also created to raise funds for Andy's medical expenses.