Just over a month after the devastating drowning of their 19-month-old daughter Emeline, Olympic skier Bode Miller and wife Morgan Beck Miller are opening up about the tragedy, and just what they want other parents to know so it doesn’t happen to them.
“It’s unbelievably quick,” Bode says in a preview of an interview done with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, set to air on Monday, July 30. “You’d think it’d be some weird circumstance or some strange thing. And it’s not. It just happens in the blink of an eye.”
Emeline drowned in a neighbor’s pool after slipping out a door and out of the eyesight of her family. Once found, she was rushed to the hospital, where she died the very next day.
“A child under 30 pounds can drown in 30 seconds,” Beck Miller says in the interview. “And I just keep counting to 30 in my head. That was all I needed.”
The interview seemed to shake Guthrie, who opened up on Friday’s telecast (July 27) about her emotional interaction with the Miller family.
“They’re speaking out at the depths of their grief and they’re doing it because they want to get the word out to other parents,” Guthrie says. “They are very careful parents. We all think, ‘Oh, but it wouldn’t happen to me,’ or, ‘Here’s the reason it wouldn’t happen to me,’. They are an example of, it could happen to everyone. And we need to change our thinking around this.”