Teen Drowns Smoking Water Pipe
by Ann Thrope
Orange County, CA (2011). On New Years Eve Zachary Boyd was alive and well. His parents were out of the house, visiting friends for New Years. On New Years Day, however, Zachary was dead. His parents found him the next morning, slumped over on his bedroom floor, still holding the bong that killed him. Zachary had drowned from inhaling bong water. The events between the time his parents said goodbye, to the time they found him deceased, have been pieced together by criminologists at the Orange County Detective’s Office.
On Christmas Day, Zachary visited his girlfriend’s family. At this time, his girlfriend confirms that he received from her a Christmas present, a new water pipe for smoking marijuana. After leaving his girlfriend’s home, Zachary smuggled the water pipe back into his home, although it is not clear how, he may have used another gift, but due to the size of the bong, detectives have ruled out body cavity concealment.
When Zachary returned home, his parents were off work the entire week. Meaning, Zachary did not have a chance to use his new bong for some time out of the fear of being caught by his parents. Forensic estimates on the usage of the bong show signs of not more than 3 full uses. Perhaps Zachary had snuck a couple in after his folks went to bed, but until New Years Eve he could not rip it with full force.
On that fateful night, Zachary got more than he bargained for. After an apparently vicious toke, bordering on totally belligerent, Zachary inhaled nearly a cup of somewhat used bongwater. Zachary immediately began to choke, and being too confused to call 911, collapsed and suffocated where he sat.
Mothers everywhere must talk to their children about the dangers of marijuana use, but most importantly, water bongs. Even with harmless tobacco water bongs pose a drowning risk, and must be used with extreme caution. Because of these risks, parental supervision is recommended for all children under the age of 21 when using a water bong. If an accident occurs, have the victim stand upside-down to allow the tar-laced water to leave their lungs. If that does not work, shake them up and down a few times to encourage the process. Rescue breathing might be used in a pinch, but when (not if) they spit the bong water back up into your mouth, you are going to regret it.