Saturday, March 12, 2011

It Figures

As much as I would have liked to stay glued to the television today, it wasn't to be. We had a busy day today between running calls, two visits from the district commander, assisting with a rookie class and some project stuff. I did manage to watch CNN for a few minutes mid-afternoon and watching it now. (00:15 hrs)

One item that I found interesting, was that a 25 yr old man in northern California was killed when he was swept off a beach by a Tsunamic wave. Two other people who were with him were also swept away, but they manged to reach dry land and survived.

It appears that the victim was a photographer who was on the beach, trying to capture an image of the tsunami. Apparently the tsunami caught him before he caught it.

While my instinct of self preservation is strong enough for me not to die "getting that perfect shot", I can see how this happened. When setting up for an important shot, one tends to focus on the shot and ignores his immediate surroundings. When on the fireground and at the site of a potential Tsunami, it is imperative to be aware of your surroundings and adjust as necessary. This enables one to avoid unnecessary pain. It appears that the unknown photographer forgot this principle and paid for his mistake with his life.

I don't know what the unfortunate photographer was attempting to capture, sadly it didn't work out. His desire for the shot overrode his judgment and even if he got the shot, no one will get to see it. Sad. Sad but predictable.

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