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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Another swept out to sea, another tragedy

Here's the byline of a BBC news item:
The wife of a man who died after being swept out to sea by a freak wave has paid tribute to him.
In another news report the same case was just simply entitled:

19.02PM - FATHER KILLED BY FREAK WAVE.

It seems "being swept out to sea by a freaque wave" is no longer a rare occurrence. But to the family of the victim, it's certainly utmost tragedy that no family should expect to endure. Yes, it had happened before, and it will happen again and again in another time and another part of the world. This time it's Isle of Skye. According to Wikipedia, The Isle of Skye, commonly known as Skye, is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. An extremely scenic place which is certainly not immune from hazardous perils.
Based on this Maritime and Coastguard Agency report, this beloved father of two sons and a daughter is just a person who was "not wearing a life jacket." So it is of imperial importance to at least wear a life jacket whenever near and around the ocean beach area in addition to constantly beware of the wave conditions. It can be a tiny fraction of a tiny moment, but life is hanging on it!

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