dealing with tragedies... and ecstasy... or momentary happiness
being on the wave and feeling her..
we started off with another fantastic Aussies (australian surf lifesavings championships)
I volunteered the start of today with lifesaving patrol...
with no clue about the future ...or maybe a morbid fear or anticipation of accidents happening out there in the impending, sometimes inpenetrable surf...
I watched intently as they battled through the waves, first waves of 15 year old and younger youths swimming underneath the waves and then with boards..
they were all excited about their lives and coming to the coast while they have a little vacation away from school..

with no idea what was impending...
I watched with my binoculars a little worried when I saw the boards fly high into the air
and making sure they didn't hit a child
if they did would I swim out to the sand bank with my rescue tube?
or would I ask them to radio the man on the skidoo or the Irb??
I imagined the accident with saxon bird when he met the ski knock him unconcious when it hit his head 2 years ago...
they called off some of the events while the officials decided what would be best for safe competition...
I worked till 1245 checked out and had the lunch...
then I rode my bike home and chatted briefly with my good friend, Stu, about the conditions..
he was worried about the height of the surf that these young children would have...
they could easily panic and lose their confidence in the surf..
I worried about those boards flying like rocket jets into the horizon...
landing on a poor victim doing far more damage than the local bull shark
I took a nap falling asleep to the computer for my avo nap...
I awake to hear helicopters loudly over my hourse...
I think that it's happened...
someone has drowned
and then I looked out my window to see 4 or 5 helicopters hovering over where the accident happened...
I knew then the bad news...
I heard what I expected,
could i have been there instead of taking a nap
and been there to help?
those silly kind of thought permeate through my mind...
and wondered about when I saw the skis the fly up into the air before someone saw him hit..
and the crowd of lifesavers could do nothing as they watched..
was it this same form of helplessness that would overtake a crowd??...
but they kept searching for the poor boy somewhere lost at sea..
at this moment the search jeeps keep driving down our beach
with the torchlight flashing towards the sea to where a body could be floating in the way the turtle was last week..
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/teenage-competitor-missing-in-australian-surf-life-saving-championships-on-gold-coast/story-e6frg7mf-1226312805330

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