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Old 08-11-2011   #1
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Article on Westwater Drowning July 31

Moab Times-Independent - Colorado man drowns in Skull rapid in Westwater Canyon

Article in the Moab Times on Mr. Halliburton drowning on July 31st.


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Old 08-11-2011   #2
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"Across Utah, at least 18 people have drowned in rivers, lakes and streams since April of this year."


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Lots of them were kids during the spring run off... tragic.
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SPLORE employees initially performed CPR on Halliburton, but the effort was stopped after Halliburton’s longtime girlfriend told them he had signed a “do not resuscitate” order and asked them to cease attempts to revive him, Mecham said.
I don't want to read too much into it, I think it's very interesting that he had a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) in place. In my experience, the folks that have a DNR view themselves as close to the end, and are very aware of the type of end-of-life options they have. Not only that, but he included his girlfriend in that decision and she was brave & strong enough to reinforce his wishes under what could only be described as the most stressful of all conditions (mid-CPR). I cannot imagine how tough that was for her.

This would bolster the argument that Mr. Halliburton made an informed & calculated choice to live adventurously, despite his condition, in the short time he had left. That's an inspired life, IMO. A toast to you, Mr. Halliburton; rest in peace.
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Knowing a few SPLORE guides, I am sure he was in competent hands. Even in a world of lawsuits and 'safeguards' I am happy that people are able to live their lives to the fullest even when the consequences are dire.
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Well said El Flaco and dgosn

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