My Name Is Kimball Roundy, and I should be Dead…

Posted by Kimball Roundy | 41 Degrees

It is true, according to all the laws of science I have been able to find on the subject, I quite literally should be dead.

On November 8th 2006 I was in a fatal boating accident on Strawberry Reservoir in the high mountains of Utah.   As a result of our small fishing boat sinking my brother Steven Roundy, his Wife Catheryn Roundy, our friend Mike New and I were thrust down into the shockingly frigid 41 degree water.

Ultimately, my Brother Steven and his wife Catheryn Passed away while Mike and I made it out of the lake by swimming in the 41 degree water for 2 and a half hours.  All the research I have been able to find says that we should have both been dead at about 30 minutes…

This was by far, the most empowering experience of my life. I have gained tremendous personal power from the things I have learned as a result of fighting and making the CHOICE to make it out of that lake. Below you will see the 4 part video of what happened, and what I have learned from it that has been a driving force for me to accomplish what I have been able to accomplish.

I hope you enjoy the videos and take away some inspiration from what I have to say.

If you would like to view the news reports about the experience visit them below:

Kimball Roundy Strawberry Reservoir Accident

Kimball Roundy Survives Boating Accident

Another Article about the search

Many other bodies were found in the search

More searching, another body

Now, for the 4 part video presentation about what happened,

and more importantly what I have learned from it.


Kimball Roundy Should Be Dead Part 1

Kimball Roundy Should Be Dead Part 2

Kimball Roundy Should Be Dead Part 3

Kimball Roundy Should Be Dead Part 4

Thanks for taking the time to read/watch this.  I hope it helped you in some way.


Kimball Roundy


  1. Comment by Cathy Langmaid — March 5, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    Hi Kimball, I truly can understand your pain with one difference. I chose not to go fishing with my fiance and stepson and because of that choice I lived and they both died. The best we can guess is that my 5 year old stepson, Coby, fell out of the fishing boat and my fiance, Mike, grabbed his life vest and it slipped off. So Mike dived in the pond which was 16 feet of weeds, meaning that instantly he was stuck. Coby was found floating in the water within an hour from when I called 911 because they weren’t home yet and I saw the boat empty in the lake (its across the street from where I live). It took almost 24 hours to find Mike as he was so entangled in the weeds because the more he fought to save his son the more entangled he got.

    I blame myself every day because I could have called 911 sooner but i was afraid Mike would have been mad at me because he and Coby just went for a walk in the woods or something. It was about an hour after I saw the boat empty that I finally called 911. If I had called instantly I truly feel that at least my step son would still be alive.

    I go on every day just to make sure their memories stay alive and I guess I’m just babbling to you because even though we were never close in school, you may be the only person that can understand how it feels to be the one that made a choice and that choice left us alive but our loved ones are now gone.

    This blog of yours has really helped me and I want to say thank you!

  2. Comment by Kimball Roundy — March 5, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

    Wow Cathy,

    I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I can definitely feel your pain. How long ago was this?

    You have hit it right on the head, hold on to those memories, and as I said in the movie, just keep swimming, and look for the good that you can gain from this experience, look for the strength and power that can come to you as you work through it.

    Thanks again for your comment, I appreciate it and I am glad that I have helped you, even if just a little bit.

    Kimball Roundy

  3. Comment by Greg New — March 25, 2009 @ 8:21 pm


    I just wanted to say thank you! I am Mike New’s younger brother and I don’t know where I would be without him. Since the accident he has helped me in many different ways. He also has told me since the accident that he would not be alive if it weren’t for you telling him that it was going to be ok and that you were both going to make it. I just wanted to thank you for saving my brothers life and I hope everything you have ever wished or dreamed for comes true, you really do deserve it. Keep up the good work!!

    Greg New

  4. Comment by Kimball Roundy — March 25, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

    Wow Greg,

    Thank you. I really appreciate your comment. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about that day, and I don’t know where I would be or if I would have made it if Mike was not there with me. I know we both helped each other a lot while we were in the water.

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope things are going well for you. Next time you talk to Mike, tell him hello for me.


  5. Comment by Paul Blann — November 9, 2009 @ 12:47 pm


    I like to think of myself as a spiritual person…I have gone through many hardships in my life ( none as hard as yours though )..I have many times questioned why…The answer I always got was that I cannot in my limited mind understand the whole scope of the divine plan…I believe we all make our own choices to make and those choices effect everything and everybody in some way…I actually got this quote in my sleep two nights ago…”every decision or indecision creates an effect”….We cannot beat ourselves up about our decisions or indecisions. We grow from them…..We cannot understand all the effects that these have..Your Survival, loss and your decision to grow from that experience have in may ways effected people in ways that you will never know….As my mother always told me since I can remember “everything happens for the best” I wanted to tell her to shut up a lot of times but I know now she was right, even if we do not understand it….Keep inspiring people and never give up and more people will continue to benefit from this event.

    From My Heart,

    Paul Blann

  6. Comment by Kimball Roundy — November 9, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

    Thank you Paul! I appreciate your kind words and comments. They are so true :)

  7. Comment by Lucia McCarthy — November 11, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    I wish you luck & will be checking in!

  8. Comment by Dr. OmedeOgu — November 12, 2009 @ 10:07 am

    Hi Kimball Roundy

  9. Comment by Cari Roundy — November 13, 2009 @ 5:05 am

    Kimball Roundy,
    I am deeply touched and inspired by these 4 videos you have posted! You should be a professional inspirational/motivational speaker (if you aren’t already :o) The visual image in my mind of your story and the lessons and insights you gained from your experience are so powerful and very memorable for me.

    I still cry when I think about losing Steven and Catheryn, but what you said about their belief makes a lot of sense. I truly believe that our minds are incredibly powerful.

    I loved the steps that you outlined to achieve your goals in life, and yes, I would love to read your book… I can’t wait to get my hands on it! For me, at this time in my life, the most powerful analogy was to be grateful for the waves and to learn from them. I’ve heard similar counsel before, but the image you painted with your words and vivid experience really drove the message deep in my heart.

    Being diagnosed with Arthritis at the tender age of nine, I was too young to process what was happening to my life and my body to be very positive. Being confined to a wheelchair at age 15, definitely added insult to injury… I have spent many years being frustrated at having my youth “stolen” from me while I endured therapy, medications, hand splints and later an electric wheelchair in public school, and too many doctor appointments to count. I’ve been on the receiving end of severe prejudice and hurtful rude comments directed at me and my disability. I could go on forever describing the pain and torturous life I chose to endure… they were mighty, painful waves that felt relentless to me.

    But what have I learned from them? What have they taught me and what kind of a person did they mold me into? First what comes to mind is my love of home remedies, natural health solutions, and avoiding doctor visits as often as possible. (Of course it doesn’t hurt that these “natural solutions” got me out of my wheelchair and gave me the ability to run and jump for the first time in over 20 years! ;)

    Second, I have gained an empathy for others that I know would not be possible without going through what I have.

    Third, I have discovered my God-given talent of loving others even when it is hard to do. Sometimes my heart aches because I love people so much and I want to help them live the healthiest and happiest life possible. But the waves continue to come and there will be more waves in the future, I’m sure.

    So tonight, I am grateful for you, my brother-in-law, and the visual lessons that I can use to help me to “just keep swimming” even when the waves sting my eyes and burn my throat… I can be grateful for their guidance and the way they continually break off my rough edges. I love you Kimball and I am so glad that you survived that fateful day.
    Love always,

  10. Comment by Seb Brantigan — December 5, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    A sad but also very interesting story Kimball. I hope that you’re coping well with this but at least your brother passed away doing what he loved. You were very lucky to live to tell the tale but I admire your story very much.


  11. Comment by Kimball Roundy — December 8, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

    Thanks Seb :)

  12. Comment by Steven Saliba — January 4, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    Very inspirational videos Kimball. I don’t know what words to say. I have faced a lot of difficulties in my life. From what I can tell, from you story and my life, is that hardships only make us stronger people. Jesus is always there for us no matter what we have done in the past. God bless you and your family.

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