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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

search and rescue...

living by the sea i have watched many rescues, brave men and woman plunging into the swirling seas to save others. in the late afternoon i was walking my dogs and noticed a fire truck heading out to the landing, as i turned the hillside corner i saw the coast guard boat coming in, the seas were rough, the tide was very low, it was as close as it could get. by the time i walk back home, i see the newly employed personal watercrafts coming, racing across the rough sea, going past the sandy beach to the treacherous rocks. i see another coast guard boat in the channel, water to shallow and seas to rough to go much further. i waited, knowing if a helicopter came it was a rescue in process...

i called my friend who lives closer to the water, jumped in my car with camera in hand this time to see if i could capture some of the moments. i ended up capturing more than i bargained for... we watched one, two, no look, three, oh gosh can you believe four helicopters come in, omg we screech there were 5! i feel painfully naïve this time, i have only watched happy endings at my beach.

we left the staging area above the beach and headed down the cliff line to where the search was concentrated. we saw 2 young coast guard cadets arrive, we asked what happened, 2 kayakers in trouble. i am sure now they were purposely being quiet about the situation...

for 2 hours we watched the air and sea as they tried to get to a rocky inaccessible beach below the cliffs. i learned later there was a news helicopter filming above us too.

i have vertigo, i didn't want to get near the edge, the helicopters were hovering below us, my friend was brave, close to the edge. suddenly, after 2 hours, i see a basket being lowered, only then did i rush towards the precipice, thinking i was capturing a moment of elation, i blindly clicked, barely noticing the screen, i saw 4 brave men on the rocks below. i left feeling pleased, like all the other rescues i have witnessed first hand. i left so grateful for those brave men and woman who truly risk their lives to help those in peril.

as i drove home too many thoughts crossed my mind. it was already on the news. one survived. one did not... never forget how precious life is for one moment. thank you to those that rush willingly to help others, it was a humbling evening.































may god bless his family...

7 comments:

Pam Greer said...

I am always amazed at the people that sacrifice their own lives to try and save others.

Jacqueline said...

Oh, how sad for both of them. Even the one that survived will always think, "Why me?" The ocean is so beautiful but so strong and powerful. I too am amazed at those who are so brave and would give their lives to try and save others.

Mary said...

We watch the National Guard and their helicopter aquatic rescue teams practicing their training exercises every year. I always get a thrill seeing them hoist someone up from the water to the helos by a rope even if it's a drill. I've never seen a real rescue in progress, unfortunately only searches that go on for days trying to recover accident victims. Even calm lake waters are deadly if you don't use caution.

Sonia said...

When my father was a younger man he worked in rescue and recovery for the Air Force on helicopters. He was involved in some very dramatic rescues when I was a young girl. Always sad to hear of those lost but such joy when people were saved. My father had the distinction of being the only man to ever save an orangutan from a sinking Chinese ship. They were able to save all the men too and no one ever forgot that rescue! Your post brought back many memories.

Bonnie K said...

Great photos, but it is always sad how precious life is. My thoughts go out to the family of the young man who didn't make it home.

a quiet life said...

thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts, sonia really enjoyed hearing about your father.

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Heartbreaking and sobering, for sure. I just can't imagine such raw panic and loss.