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"We were in the Bahamas, snorkeling with a group of friends, and we'd just anchored the boat near a beautiful coral reef. When I checked the anchor, I found that it wasn't holding, so I swam back to the boat to let my husband know that we'd have to reset it.

As I approached the boat, I found one of the men in our group in the water, holding onto a life jacket. Something was terribly wrong. He was exhibiting symptoms that had been described in a CPR class I'd been required to take, symptoms requiring emergency treatment. At six miles out from the shore, we were literally beyond 911—well beyond the reach of what the EMS [Emergency Medical Service] calls "the chain of survival."

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