Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rescue at sea

This is a remarkable story.

Walter Marino and his twelve-year-old son Christopher, who has autism, were swept out to sea and had to tread water for fifteen hours before they were rescued.

It seems that, in some ways, Christopher's autism was actually an asset in helping him to manage the ordeal. Says Walter, “His lack of fear was calming to me. He was on an adventure — I mean, he was laughing. It was just a day in the ocean to him."

This morning, Matt Lauer interviewed the family on the Today show. I dare you to watch it without crying.

19 comments:

Club 166 said...

I can't watch it. I cried just reading this story yesterday. It could have had such a terrible ending, and could have happened to any of us. Instead it's just great.

Joe

Niksmom said...

Couldn't. What a lucky, lucky family.

goodfountain said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I would not have seen it otherwise I'm sure.

And good thing I didn't take your bet...

Jenn said...

Hubs watched this over my shoulder...neither one of us made it thru without getting misty.

Kitt said...

That's so awesome.

m said...

I read this with amazement last night -- thanks for posting the clip. Talk about happy endings!

gretchen said...

Crap MOM. I was already crying this morning- today being the day that it is. And then they have to mention Disney... Henry does that same fist pump thing.

I will have to share this story as well. Flipping awesome!!!!

dancingmom said...

Are you kidding? I'm bawling my eyes out! Thank you for sharing, what an amazing story.

Stimey said...

I saw this when it aired on the Today Show. Thank God for the happy ending. And how cute is that family?

mommy~dearest said...

Refusing to watch at the moment, as I'm at work- will watch later, but can already feel my eyes tearing up. Ugh- I hate being so emotional!

bad mommy said...

HOLY MOLY. So grateful that this ended well. Unbelievable.

drama mama said...

What is unbearably lovely is the way the family responds to Chris...so loving, so WITH him.

Anonymous said...

Note to self: wear lots of shiny gold chains when swimming at the beach. Perhaps the Bennies at the jersey Shore knew something all along...
Hey! Fuggettaboutit!

Jennifer said...

Amazing.

I'm a speech-language pathologist and I love reading your blog--it's so helpful to me to hear about life through parents' eyes. If you get a chance, I would love it if you could post about your experience with RDI.

Autistic by Injection said...

I love this story! Where it's true, that it could have had a tragic outcome, but it didn't and I rejoice in the happy ending.

Harvest Mom said...

MOM-NOS, I've awarded you with a Brilliante Weblog award, if you want to pick it up, swing by my blog. (You know, in all your spare time, LOL)

Anonymous said...

Couldn't do it either...wow.mh

Cyndi said...

That's an awesome story...so glad it had a happy ending.

kristi said...

Amazing story, hubs heard about it on the radio.