Sunday, February 6, 2011

Be careful out there . . .

A makeshift memorial on the Yaquina Bay South Jetty in Newport, where in November a couple, celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary, were swept from the rocks and killed. Yesterday, down the road in Yachats, two teenagers were washed off the rocks and drowned. We saw the helicopter go by, heard the sirens, listened to the police on the scanner, and heard that our neighbor, a pastor, was on his way to the group to offer what consolation he could. One body is still missing.

Unfortunately, we see people doing this all the time, people walking out to the very edge of the rocks to be close to the breakers surging in. In the blink of an eye, people's lives are ended, others' lives are changed. Forever. ©Carol Leigh

4 comments:

marianne said...

Very sad but I'm betting there are signs posted, right? It's amazing to me that people still fall into the Grand Canyon every year due to ignoring signs.

Sandra said...

Very powerful story and photo.

Anonymous said...

Friend lost her daughter to the waves. Sad. You photo touched my memory bank.

Carol Leigh said...

To Marianne, Sandra, and Anonymous -- yes, it's very sad. Regarding signs, the entire coast of Oregon is subject to wave action, and to put signs at every rock outcropping wouldn't be very cost effective. There ARE signs at all the state parks along the coast, but no one thinks that a wave will get THEM. Alas. --Carol Leigh