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We lost an old, dear friend on the weekend. He died whilst saving his two sons and a friend caught in a rip. One of four people who drowned at NSW beaches in the space of a week.


In a state of disbelief and overwhelming sadness myself, I can't begin to imagine the grief his family must be feeling right now. My heart goes out to them.

Given that so many of us are at the beach this time of year, I thought you should see this video that explains about rips, how to spot one and what to do if you get caught in one. I urge you to watch it and share the video with family and friends.

Our friend was smart, strong, capable :: his words and actions well considered. If someone like him can lose their life at the beach, then anyone can. Maybe if more of us were aware of the dangers at the beach, it might go some way at preventing so many tragedies occurring. And then perhaps, I wouldn't have written this post. Oh, how I wish...

Vale Steven.

13 comments:

  1. Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry, there's not much one can say but that I'm thinking of you. Sudden or unfair deaths of friends and family always leave me with a "sore" heart....

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  2. I have no words....I'll just blow you a kiss xx

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  3. Oh so sad. Thinking of you all and his family.

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  4. My prayers are with you and your friends family at this very sad time. The couple that drowned in Ballina was the brother of one of my good friends so have just spent the week listening to her as she dealt with her shock and loss. Its just so damn tragic! I am sorry Michelle.

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  5. My thoughts are with you at this time of great sorrow.

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  6. So sad, I can't even imagine how you, all his friends and his family must be feeling. What a hole that is now left. So, so sad.

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  7. Thinking of you. So terribly sad.

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  8. What a terrible tragedy! i am so sorry for you and for his family. Thinking of you in this difficult time. X

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  9. I wish that you didn't have to write the post too, so sad. Sympathy to all of you

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  10. Oh Michelle, how terribly sad. I watched that story on the news and felt such a deep saddness for the family, for the boys and their father.

    Thank you for posting that link.

    Thinking of you and just sending love.

    xxx

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  11. Such a sad occasion, thinking of you all.

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  12. Lots of love to you, Michelle. I'm so sorry. x

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  13. So incredibly heartbreaking. I remember hearing about this tradgedy on the news. Thankyou for posting the link to the information x.

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