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El Mercurio de Chile On Line | Friend defends man who drowned in floodwaters: We all take chances

“I just want all of us to be aware that we do make men­tal risk as­sess­ments every sin­gle day and we do take chances, for­tu­nate­ly for us, we sur­vive and I don’t want any­body to take it for grant­ed that chance An­nan took that we would not have tak­en it be­cause we have tak­en worse,” she said

Fam­i­ly, friends and loved ones said their fi­nal good­byes yes­ter­day to An­nan Boysie, 40, who trag­i­cal­ly lost his life while at­tempt­ing to cross flood­wa­ters last week.

Boysie spent the last 20 years work­ing as an emer­gency med­ical tech­ni­cian.

Speak­ing dur­ing the ser­vice at Boodoo’s Fu­ner­al Home in Pe­nal, his boss, Amal­ga­mat­ed Se­cu­ri­ty Ser­vices am­bu­lance man­ag­er Ky­ron Grant, de­scribed him as unique, danc­ing to the beat of his own drum. He al­so re­mem­bered him as be­ing ex­treme­ly knowl­edge­able.

“Any­thing you want­ed to know in terms of emer­gency care…you went to An­nan and An­nan had it…every­thing that you re­quired,” Grant said.

“His death touched us deeply be­cause he came from work. He was on his way home from work and our imag­i­na­tion of that scene, if you had asked us to guess, would be An­nan ap­ply­ing CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion) to some­body who drown­ing, not An­nan drown­ing. That’s how we ex­pect­ed him if he was to par­tic­i­pate in such a scene – that he’d be sav­ing a life. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, that’s not the way it hap­pened.”

Since the in­ci­dent oc­curred, the coun­try has won­dered why Boysie took the chance to dri­ve through the flood­wa­ters; es­pe­cial­ly af­ter it came to light that he was warned against at­tempt­ing to do so by by­standers. On so­cial me­dia, many al­so crit­i­cised his de­ci­sion.

How­ev­er, one of his for­mer col­leagues, Crys­tal Thomas, re­mind­ed those at the fu­ner­al that every­day de­ci­sions are made and risks are tak­en.

“I just want all of us to be aware that we do make men­tal risk as­sess­ments every sin­gle day and we do take chances, for­tu­nate­ly for us, we sur­vive and I don’t want any­body to take it for grant­ed that chance An­nan took that we would not have tak­en it be­cause we have tak­en worse,” she said.

“We dri­ving and on our cell­phones. Thou­sands of peo­ple die dai­ly with that. We putting on make­up…while we dri­ving. We do a lot of things that the risk are high and we get away with it and we here to­day.”

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, Boysie was cre­mat­ed at Boodoo’s Fu­ner­al Home.