The Story: Written by: Lisa Bolivar
DANIA BEACH (CBS4) ―
Sep 27, 2010 12:25 am US/Eastern
Timothy Jordan took a deadly dare during his 46th birthday party Saturday night, and lost.
Jordan, who would have had his actual birthday on Sept. 28, took a $50 bet that he could swim across a canal near his Dania Beach home. He didn’t make it.
Witnesses say Jordan, who was drunk, made it half way across the canal before he began flailing his arms and then went under at about 2 a.m.
Friends gathered at the site told Broward Sheriff’s Office and Dania Beach Fire Rescue responders that Jordan had stripped down to his boxers before jumping into the canal.
It took a couple of hours to find his body. At 4:21 a.m. BSO Marine Unite divers found Jordan at the bottom of 10 feet of water.
While the Broward County Medical Examiner will confirm the cause of death, BSO homicide detectives currently are considering this an accidental drowning, according to BSO Spokesman Mike Jachles.
These are the kind of things that make you stop and think before you do. Jordan was going to turn 46 years old, he was still young and vital and had a lot of more years to enjoy with friends and family, and because some people get drunk and think they can fly doesn’t really mean you can fly. My question here is “No one tried swimming out there when they saw him struggling to swim”? And why would you actually let him swim out there knowing he was drunk? There is one thing to dare someone and see them get ready to to actually do the dare and stopping them and there’s another – actually letting them do the stupid thing you came up with for them to do. Now Jordan lost his life, but now the friend who thought it would be funny to see their friend swim across a canal drunk is the one that has to live with the guilt of feeling like they killed their own friend.
Some people need to grow up. It’s okay to take dares, and live life on the edge and it’s also okay to back down when you really think it can end your life or end on a bad note.
Some people say life’s too short, take risks, but if taking risks ends your life, then life really will be too short, shorter than it really had to be.