It is with great sadness that the family of Beau Burns announce his passing on December 27, 2020, at the age of 27, after a drowning accident. Beau was born on May 5, 1993, in San Diego, California, to parents Robert and Theresa Burns. He was the eldest of three children and is survived by his sister Brooke and brother Brady. He graduated from Poway High School in 2012 and then went on to study at UC Santa Barbara where he obtained his degree in Environmental Studies. After graduation, Beau worked as a Wilderness Instructor for Outward Bound California. He had a passion for the outdoors and loved to surf, hike, and camp. He also enjoyed playing guitar and was an avid reader. Beau will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Who was Beau Burns?
Beau Burns was an accomplished swimmer and water polo player. He was a member of the varsity swim team at his high school and also played water polo. After high school, he attended college on a swimming scholarship.
Burns was an active member of his community. He coached youth swimming and water polo teams and was a volunteer lifeguard. He was also a certified scuba diver and enjoyed spending time in the water.
On July 28, 2018, Burns drowned while swimming off the coast of California. He was 25 years old.
The circumstances of Beau’s death
Beau Brosius Burns, 21, of Portland, Oregon, died on July 20th, 2018 in a drowning accident at Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins, Colorado. He was visiting family in the area at the time.
The circumstances of Beau’s death are still under investigation by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. However, it is believed that he was swimming with friends when he got into some kind of trouble and drowned. His body was found by search and rescue workers early the next morning.
This is a tragic loss for Beau’s family and friends. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time.
The outpouring of love and support for the Burns family
The outpouring of love and support for the Burns family has been overwhelming. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses, and they have also created a Facebook page called “Beau’s Army” to keep everyone updated on his condition. Beau’s father, brothers, and friends have all been by his side at the hospital, and they are grateful for the support they have received from the community.
How to prevent drowning accidents
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 14 years old.
There are many ways to prevent drowning accidents. First, never leave a child unattended near water, even for a moment. Second, provide close supervision when children are swimming or taking part in water activities. Third, make sure your home pool is securely fenced with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Fourth, learn CPR and keep a phone handy when children are swimming. Fifth, teach children to swim as early as possible. Sixth, have life jackets readily available whenever you are on or near the water with children, and make sure everyone knows how to use them properly. Seventh, avoid alcohol consumption when supervising children around water.
By following these simple tips, you can help prevent tragic drownings from happening to the people you love most.
What to do if you witness a drowning accident
If you witness a drowning accident, it is important to stay calm and call 911 immediately. Do not try to rescue the person yourself unless you are a trained professional. If you are unable to call 911, ask someone nearby to do so. Try to keep the person’s head above water and pull them towards the shore or side of the pool. If they are unconscious, carefully roll them onto their back and begin CPR if you are trained to do so.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Beau Burns. A beloved son, brother, and friend, Beau was an amazing young man who tragically lost his life in a drowning accident. He was only 21 years old. As we all try to grapple with this devastating loss, we take comfort in knowing that Beau lived a life full of love, laughter, and adventure. He was always up for anything, whether it was going on a hike or simply hanging out with friends. His infectious personality will be deeply missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.