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DaFace
06-12-2006, 07:06 PM
I'm not typically one to post this type of thing, but this is a sad enough story that I feel people should hear about it.

Brett Carlson was a friend of mine from high school. He's been a Spanish teacher at Labette County High School for the past four years. Each year, he sponsors a trip for some of his students to go to Costa Rica for a few weeks to see the sights and to practice the language they had learned.

While the group was there this time around, they went to a beach. Long story short, some of the kids got caught in the current and were having trouble getting back to the shore. When one of them started yelling for help, Brett ran in to try and help them out. He was able to help the girl who was crying out for help, but he and three other kids never made it back. Technically, they're still searching for Brett and one of the kids, but hope's pretty slim after 48 hours.

I haven't really kept in close contact with Brett over the past six years, but everything I've heard about him tells me that he evolved into a wonderfully caring teacher and an all around great guy. He would have done just anything for his students, and his actions demonstrated just that.

No need for condolences for me - I'm fine for the most part - but you might keep Brett, the kids, and all of the affected family members in your thoughts and (if you're the type) prayers.

News stories here (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/06/12/costa.rica.drownings.ap/index.html) and here (http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/14801174.htm) if you're interested.

EDIT: Here's (http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/state/14805115.htm) one more.

ChiefsFire
06-12-2006, 07:07 PM
that story floored me

Rain Man
06-12-2006, 07:10 PM
That's too bad. Sorry to hear it.

ChiefsfaninPA
06-12-2006, 07:11 PM
I hope a miracle is in store and somehow they are found alive.

Frazod
06-12-2006, 07:16 PM
That sucks. Another current event which evokes bad memories for all of us. Seems to be the day for it.

noa
06-12-2006, 07:18 PM
He was a brave man. A lot of people would think twice before risking their lives for others.

Bob Dole
06-12-2006, 07:31 PM
Read about that earlier today. Bob Dole is sorry to hear that it hits close to a member of our little corner of the net and hopes there is a happy ending.

CoMoChief
06-12-2006, 07:38 PM
that story is "undertaking".

4th and Long
06-12-2006, 07:53 PM
that story is "undertaking".
:shake:

greg63
06-12-2006, 08:27 PM
Thoughts and prayers are out for those who are lost and their families.

greg63
06-12-2006, 09:30 PM
Two Dead, Two Missing from Labette County HS Vacation Grouphttp://www.kode-tv.com/news/images/breakingnewsno.gif
http://www.kode-tv.com/news/images/~station_special.jpgOFFICIALS SAY SOMETHING HAS GONE TERRIBLY WRONG FOR SEVERAL LABETTE COUNTY HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS AND A TEACHER - ON A TRIP TO COSTA RICA... DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT DENNIS WILSON CONFIRMS 18-YEAR OLD DANIELLE TONGIER IS DEAD. THE RED-CROSS SAYS THE BODY OF 17-YEAR-OLD ANDREW HARPSTRITE HAS ALSO BEEN FOUND.
BOTH- APPARENTLY VICTIMS OF A VIOLENT UNDERCURRENT OFF THE PACIFIC SHORE. STILL MISSING IS A THIRD STUDENT, 17-YEAR-OLD JESSICA PIERCE, AND 26-YEAR-OLD TEACHER BRETT CARLSON.
TONGIER IS A RECENT GRADUATE OF LABETTE COUNTY HIGH-SCHOOL, WHILE HARPSTRITE AND PIERCE WERE ABOUT TO ENTER SENIOR YEAR.
THE STUDENTS, VACATIONING IN COSTA RICA WITH THEIR ADVANCED SPANISH CLASS AND TEACHER.
SUPERINTENDENT WILSON SAYS THE GROUP WAS PLAYING ON THE BEACH LATE SATURDAY WHEN AN UNDERCURRENT PULLED THEM OUT TO SEA...
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS UNCLEAR.
A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE TOUR COMPANY OVERSEEING THE TRIP SAYS IT`S TOO EARLY TO COMMENT ON WHY THE STUDENTS WERE NEAR THE WATERS... OR IF THERE WAS ANY RESCUE EFFORT.
BUT NEWS IS TRAVELING FAST- BACK TO A GRIEVING KANSAS COMMUNITY THAT`S DEVASTATED TONIGHT .

DENNIS WILSON, Superintendent, Labette County USD-506
"THE FAMILIES ARE OBVIOUSLY KIND OF IN SHOCK. PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE MISSING LOVED ONES. IT`S JUST NOT SOMETHING YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU SEND A TEACHER AND A GROUP OF STUDENTS ON A RATHER ROUTINE SUMMER TRIP."

THE REST OF THE GROUP IS COMING HOME AND IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN TULSA ON MONDAY.
AMID THE CHAOS AT SEA, A STORY OF HEROISM IS EMERGING.
THE SUPERINTENDENT BEING TOLD BY THE FAMILY OF A GIRL WHO SURVIVED THE SWEEPING CURRENTS THAT THE TEACHER, BRETT CARLSON, APPARENTLY MADE IT BACK TO SHORE AFTER INITIALLY BEING PULLED OUT TO SEA.
BUT THE GIRL SAYS CARLSON THEN DECIDED TO HEAD-BACK INTO THE WATERS IN AN EFFORT TO RESCUE THE MISSING STUDENTS.

DEREK WILSON, Close Friend of Missing Teacher
" HE`S A VERY INTENSE SPANISH TEACHER THAT CARED A LOT. HE WAS REALLY ANTICIPATING THIS TO BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. IT`S VERY NUMBING. "

THE SCHOOL SAYS IT`S DOORS WILL BE OPEN ALL WEEK- OFFERING COUNSELING AND SUPPORT TO A COMMUNITY MOURNING THE LOSS OF AT LEAST TWO-STUDENTS.


http://www.kode-tv.com/news/default.asp?mode=shownews&id=1212 (http://www.kode-tv.com/news/default.asp?mode=shownews&id=1212)

hawkchief
06-12-2006, 09:55 PM
God Bless.

KCChiefsMan
06-12-2006, 10:02 PM
my goodness, my friend Eric just called me and told me that. I graduated with Brett in 1998, we worked together and I always liked him, a really good person...I really hope he's ok. It's a small world that you know him, and I guess we went to high school together as well...I thoughts and prayers go to him and his family.

Lurch
06-12-2006, 10:21 PM
Best wishes for an unlikely ending. So sad.

Halfcan
06-12-2006, 11:03 PM
He was a brave man. A lot of people would think twice before risking their lives for others.

Yep that is very sad. RIP Brett-your a brave soul!

KCChiefsMan
06-13-2006, 02:52 AM
I am just shocked by this news, I new Brett personally and he was such a great person....this just sucks

Rausch
06-13-2006, 03:06 AM
Ironic how sacrifice has a recurring theme...

RedNFeisty
06-13-2006, 09:19 AM
Truly sad, prayers for all involved.

kccrazzi
06-13-2006, 10:32 AM
I live in Altamont and my wife works for L.C.H.S. My son had Brett for his home room teacher my son loved him mainly because they would talk chiefs football or trash the Royals. Brett will be terribly missed and this has just devistated the area especially after the tiger incident at the beginning of the school year. We are all just holding our breath and wondering what will happen next.

KCfaninOK
06-13-2006, 11:07 AM
Truly sad news to hear. I also was a classmate of Brett's in high school, he graduated a year before me but i knew him from little league baseball. My prayers go out to his family, friends and students.

Radar Chief
06-13-2006, 11:17 AM
Terrible news. Prayers to the family and friends.

Surviving an encounter with a rip current
When caught in a rip current, one should not fight it, but rather swim parallel to the shoreline in order to leave it. If you see a person caught in one, yell at them to do so. Floating until the current disperses into deeper waters is another method of surviving such a dangerous incident, but it may leave the swimmer farther out from shore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip_currents

Floridafan
06-13-2006, 01:39 PM
Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friend.

The man is a hero.

DaFace
06-13-2006, 02:17 PM
Another article (http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/state/14805115.htm) if anyone's interested. Added to the header.