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06-19-06, 05:00 PM #1Cheech Guest
2 College kids found dead in balloon ( im lost on the balloon part )
LUTZ, Fla. -- Two college students were found dead inside a large, deflated helium balloon after apparently pulling it down and crawling inside it, officials said.
The deaths of Jason Ackerman and Sara Rydman, both 21, appear to be accidental, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Maj. Bob Schrader said.
Their bodies were found Saturday partially inside a deflated helium balloon at the entrance of a condominium complex a few miles north of Tampa.
The 8-foot-diameter balloon was used to advertise the complex.
''It was more a fun thing they thought they were doing,'' said Linda Rydman, whose daughter was found dead. ''You know how you blow up the balloon and suck the helium.''
The county medical examiner said Sunday the cause of death won't be released for six weeks, until toxicology results come back.
Inhaling helium can quickly lead to brain damage and death from lack of oxygen, according to the Compressed Gas Association, which develops safety standards in the gas industry.
06-19-06, 05:06 PM #2
Uh, wow. That's new to me.Thereís a promise I need you to make
While Iím gone you take care of the love
And Iíll deal with the hate.
Donít worry about me; Iíll be all right
Just care for your children and sleep tight
Iíll keep you safe on my watch tonight
On My Watch Tonight - Mike Corrado
06-19-06, 05:18 PM #3
I think I heard about this a couple weeks ago. I had a talk with my daughter afterwards that while having a squeaky voice may be cool, it's not the oxygen your body needs.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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