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Descent into the MAELSTROM
John Ed Bradley
December 08, 1997
Last spring, when University of Hawaii kicker Shannon Smith took some friends to slide down his favorite waterfall, an idyllic day ended in a tragedy that still haunts many of those who knew him
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December 08, 1997

Descent Into The Maelstrom

Last spring, when University of Hawaii kicker Shannon Smith took some friends to slide down his favorite waterfall, an idyllic day ended in a tragedy that still haunts many of those who knew him

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She pulls him out, and his face is purple. She holds him in her arms and brings him close to her chest. She can feel him trembling as he struggles for breath. "Shannon?" she says. "I'm sorry, baby. I'm sorry. Mommy didn't mean to leave you. Mommy went to get the phone. Mommy's here now, Shannon. Mommy's here."

Suddenly he comes to life, inhaling a huge gasp of air, his cries as loud and meaningful as he can make them.

"Shannon," Rosemary says again, the sound of his name echoing through all the years.

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