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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peggy's Cove

I have blogged different episodes and happenings from nearshore places all around the world. Those were just places on the map for me. But today I just read the news from Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now that's a famous tourist place I have once visited. Here's what just reported by CBC News:

A woman swept into the sea near the famous Peggys Cove, N.S., lighthouse after venturing too close to the water was rescued Tuesday afternoon.

She was in the water for about 12 minutes before grasping a life-preserver thrown to her, RCMP Cpl. Joe Taplin said. Rescuers were able to pull her back up onto the rocks.

Taplin said she appeared to be OK after her ordeal.

Fire crews and a rescue boat were sent to the area, he said, but someone managed to throw a life-preserver to her before they arrived.

In the past, visitors have been killed while standing close to the edge as rogue waves break over the rocks and sweep them away.

Many people ignore warning signs in order to get a little closer to the water.

It is always comforting to read about some one being successfully rescued. God work, RCMP! I have only visited Peggy's Cove once. That was many years ago when I attended an ocean conference at Halifax, my daughter was in the summer camp, my wife joined me that weekend and we toured around Nova Scotia by a rental car, Peggy's Cove was the first place we visited. That was many years before my interest turned in studying freaque waves or ever heard the term of freak or rogue waves, but being acrophobia I did not even attempted to venture too close to the water's edge. So I was in no danger at any rate.

Here's a nice Youtube that captured the storm waves at Peggy's Cove:



The day when we visited Peggy's Cove it was a nice and and calm early summer day. Now here's another Youtube of Peggy's Cove along with folk music which is rather poetic. Yes, the Peggy's Cove I remember is really a poetic place:



In today's CBC News it was also reported that:

The lighthouse in Peggys Cove was in the news two weeks ago when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it could not afford to spend $25,000 to paint it. In addition to the rust stains and crumbling concrete, the beloved 15-metre structure is losing its lustre.

The day after the news broke, Nova Scotia's representative in cabinet, Defence Minister Peter MacKay, told CBC News he immediately made arrangements to have it painted after hearing about the tarnished beacon.

Peggys Cove is one of Nova Scotia's top tourist draws. About one million people visit the site every year, according to the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia.

The lighthouse is an integral part of Peggy's Cove. Let's hope the high tax government don't allow the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove become a victim of miserably failed socialist policy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just came upon your blog when looking up about Peggy's cove and rogue waves. Beautiful videos. I was just there July 15,2009 and it was probably the only day ever that I couldn't get a decent shot of the lighthouse because of all the scaffolding around it. Yes, they did paint it. It looks fabulous. Scaffolding was to come down the next day. - Karen, Calgary