Overcoming your Fears
Evidently, Ted "the swimmer" Kennedy has been in therapy over the past 30+ years in an effort to overcome his fear of water. It's been a sort of half success as he was able to attempt a rescue of people in the water, but backed off when he realized he shouldn't be anywhere near a boat in his condition (i.e. breathing).
Read about Teddy's heroic phone call to rescue a bunch of fishermen who got stuck out on a jetty when the tide and waves rolled in. At least Ted has finally learned to use the phone instead of just letting people drown.