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And then another day...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Tonight I was going to post about work, and the big presentation I am about to give tomorrow. Tonight I was going to post about The Liar. I was going to update you on my poor babysitter. I was going to post about the funny and amazing things my older son said to me today.

But alas things change again. I was standing in my kitchen at the sink, and saw a flash of light in the pitch black sky out the living room window. Not long thereafter, helicopters and boats flashing lights in the water could be seen. What happened? My son was in the tub having a bath and I was preparing to give the babe his bottle before bed. The intensity of what was going on picked up quickly. Lights, helicopters whirring, boats…. We live in a small cove where nothing goes on. We’d never seen anything like this before. An explosion? What just happened? I called my neighbour and she was also wondering, but had not seen the big flash of light. A flare, she thought. She said she would make a few calls and get back to me. She had talked to a few more people on the phone before me and was told that it is either a fisherman lost at sea or drug runners. Mr. C and I lock our doors and turn on the alarm system in the event it is the latter. The phone rings before we can fully contemplate what is going on. The helicopters continue to whir overhead and there appear to be more lights on the water. It is a fisherman, she says. He is missing, along with his boat. The surf has been rough. As I sit here typing, the drone overhead continues and I am watching search lights scan the shoreline, back and forth, back and forth. It is surreal to say the least. To know, that in the darkness of night, somewhere, out there, a man is lost in the water. And the searchers will continue. Indefinitely. Unlikely that we will get much sleep tonight. Needless to say, our thoughts are with the unfortunate soul (hopefully not plural…) who is out there. I will update you tomorrow night.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Last time that happened here, it ended well. The fisherman had managed to get their...whatever you call those suits to survive winter waters...on. Will hope for another story like that one for yours too.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thanks for telling me this. It provides some hope, anyway. I don't hear any helicopters any more, so I don't know what to think...

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Yikes! How awful. Hope they find him quickly, those waters must be freezing.

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - Wow, that's a shame about the fisherman. Hopefully they find him alive!

    Good luck with your gig tomorrow. I'll say a prayer for you.

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    How horrible. I so pray they find the fisherman. Thank goodness for those people out there looking fo him.

    Hugs to you,

  1. Blogger sjobs said:

    My thoughts are with the missing fisherman. Please keep us informed as to what is happening.

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    Wow, that's very unsettling. The water is so beautiful and dangerous all at the same time.

    My thoughts are with the missing.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    I'm sorry Cathy. Maybe they found him? Would they give up on him so soon? I don't think they would eh?
    Good luck with the presentation. xxx

  1. Blogger alan said:

    Good luck with all that's going on in your life; hopefully the fisherman will find some as well! I used to launch helicopters to go find people like that; sometimes I wish I still was, at least you felt like you were doing something to help!


  1. Blogger Gurgo said:

    Just before reading your blog I read a poem by Otto Ernst maybe you know it, it's called Nis Randers. About some mother's son rescuing a shipwrecked, learning while acting that it is his long missed brother. (If you like - I can mail it to you. You will find my e-mail at my blog).
    And because I was in the Navy too - I hope they have found him alive!

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