- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man is trying to raise awareness about the danger of Shallow Water Blackout, after he lost his son, an experienced diver.

Dean Haller tells Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1rHKrvR) his son, 27-year-old Benjamin Haller, was a scuba instructor who had sailed to the Bahamas this summer. He was practicing holding his breath underwater for spearfishing when he drowned.

Dean Haller has joined the board of directors of a group called Shallow Water Blackout Prevention. The group wants the practice and training of breath holding to be banned in public pools.

The family also has started a foundation, called “Live Like Benjo,” to raise awareness of Shallow Water Blackout and to establish scholarships for children to attend the International Sailing Center in Colchester.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net


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