Just Stand Up

Providence Place Basin Wet? Yes. But drowning? Really?

Not to take anything away from the heroic actions of the bystanders who selflessly rushed to aid the gentleman struggling in the Waterplace Park basin Tuesday night — anyone willing to touch the Woonasquatucket is a hero in my book — but exactly how deep is the water there? Was he caught in the rapids? (ProJo)

14 thoughts on “Just Stand Up”

  1. The question here isn’t whether or not you’re a good person. So what you write about hungry piglets or trolley cars. So what you said something nice about the hero of this story. Doesn’t change the fact that you’re making fun of the victim.

    This is something I hear from native RI folks all the time. Just like Joe Mollicone must have been a good guy because he loved his kids, let’s forget about that little embezzling thing. Oh, and Buddy Cianci, despite all the mob ties, beating up people and plunder dome , but hey, he’s still Buddy, so let’s give the guy a radio show and take his advice. He’s still a nice guy.

    I haven’t lived here long, and even I know how y’all play this game. “I’m a good person because I do X, so that makes Y ok.” Nope, sorry, the world doesn’t work that way. Just Rhode Island.

  2. “I’m really a very sweet person”

    When defending oneself maybe it’s not a great idea to paraphrase Joseph Mollicone Jr.

  3. Well, I sure didn’t see this coming. I think I adequately credited the citizen heroes — I hope they are nearby should I ever need help. I think the local tv coverage on this story was way over the top and I felt a little balance was needed. I’m really a very sweet person. C’mon, I write about hungry piglets and trolley cars.

  4. I, for one, thought this post was hilarious. True or not, delightfully rude is sometimes needed. Thanks for the laugh.

  5. On a WRWC paddle a few months ago, I had the delightful opportunity to plunge my arm into the drink. Folks on the west side, who used to do a Pirate Paddle once or twice year (possibly from the vicinity of the Steelyard, but officially I have no idea) warned me about ‘Woonyjuice’.

    With a very long and often dubious industrial history, the Woonasquatucket continues to be real health concern for anyone getting too intimate with it. To this day, there are mysterious pipes ejecting who-knows-what into that stream.

    The WRWC folks also warned us about it, suggesting we wash thoroughly before getting our hands anywhere near our mouths. As it happened, I got some of the magical fluid on my water bottle, from which I later had a few drinks. Later that night, I got sick, possibly from that close encounter.

    They also told us, though, that you can stand up in most of the stream, and I assume that’s true. Many people have told me, supposedly from their own experience, that you can just walk across most of it, including Waterplace. But it’s still nasty to touch in any way.

    Responding to others here, there is always a real concern whenever anyone unexpectedly falls into any water more than a few inches deep, especially fully clothed or in cold weather.

  6. I’m sure glad Ethan Isn’t a good Samaritan
    He’d end up killing himself trying to jump your car with his bizzaro world idea of negative and positive.

  7. Toby Bradshaw

    IMO trying to draw some humor out of the fact that the water is stinky and doesn’t look that deep (note the bictycle sticking out of the water) is kind of funny because its kind of true.

  8. The real question lies in paragraph 7 of that article:
    “That’s when another man in his 20s, wearing a Boy Scout or Eagle Scout uniform, came over…”
    WTF.

    But seriously, who’s really offended by this post? I say, move back to Latham, Mass.

  9. I suspect the fear of drowning was due to the temperature of the water rather than the depth. The newspaper account noted that the rescuers stripped several layers of clothing from the rescued person, and it WAS pretty cold that night.

    Cold water can be deadly in minutes due to hypothermia – which can lead to inability to move the limbs, heart failure, etc. All of these things can make someone drown – even in shallow water.

  10. You know there is something wrong with the world when the comments on the dose are negative but the Projo article comments are positive.

    That said…

    I, too, was a bit offended by this post. Perhaps the man hit is head and fainted, unable to stand, perhaps he broke an ankle or worse (hey, what ever was the story with the women who was found dead in Pawtucket with a broken ankle?), etc, etc. I think what the two other dismayed posters and I would like is a little civility here on issues like this.

  11. Just a little positive feedback.The two previous comments are from people who don’t like themselves and have to take it out on someone else.Feel sorry for the negative nellies they have a harder time with life than the rest of us.

  12. So, hypothetically speaking, you wouldn’t jump in to save anyone from drowning? Is that what you’re trying to say? I agree that there aren’t “rapids” at the Waterplace Park, but it is deep in places. Who are you to say how deep? Or if that person could swim at all. Or if, perhaps what really happened, they didn’t know how deep it was and panicked. Grown people have drown in three feet of water.

    I suppose I’m simply tired of what you think is snarky wit. Every article I’ve encountered from you seems to pass judgment or tries to reach for cool simply for the reach. Too bad. Daily Dose used to be kinda nice. Oh well, time to move on.

  13. Way to be a Jerk to a stranger, Beth.

    Still wondering why people don’t want to move to RI?

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