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Warning for coastal photographers

Pete Avatar
Pete 22 18.8k 97 England
31 Mar 2019 5:23PM
I often photograph the coast, but always think I am staying safe when the waves are not close or strong. This sad news story illustrates how unpredictable the sea can be. Photographer dies after being swept into the sea in the Western Isles Stay safe guys!
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milly123 13 99 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2019 6:39PM
So sad!
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
31 Mar 2019 6:50PM
Far too easy to become too concentrated on the photography, and before you know it, it's happened.Sad
Umberto_V Avatar
31 Mar 2019 8:05PM
Very sad.
KevinEllison Avatar
31 Mar 2019 8:36PM

Quote:how unpredictable the sea can be.

Yup.. I spent years sailing on the stuff...and it certainly is more powerful and unpredictable than we might believe from the comfort of an armchair...watching youtube videos even...

Very, very sad for this skilled lady....( well, her family etc...) a sad loss....Sad
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altitude50 19 23.9k United Kingdom
31 Mar 2019 9:20PM
A very good friend of mine and his father were fishing off a pier on the south coast in bad weather, the father was washed away by a big wave, the son, who was a good swimmer went in to try to save him. They both perished, so be careful.
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Ke1th 16 17
31 Mar 2019 10:30PM
Very sad, but it can be all too easy to assume one is safe. Many moons ago I was in Blackpool on business and had my camera with me. The tide was high and was crashing against the sea wall. I thought the view south, towards the North Pier, might be worth photography. So I went down to the lower promenade and decided that it would be OK if I went to the top of the steps down to the beach - that way I'd get a better view along the wall. I had just lifted the camera to my eye when a huge wave came over the wall just a few feet in front of me. I realised that had it hit me, I could easily have lost my balance and fall down the steps into the sea.

I beat a very hasty retreat!
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Ke1th 16 17
31 Mar 2019 10:31PM
... might be worth photographing!!!
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peterjones 21 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2019 8:51AM
Many moons ago I used to fish in the sea, once I tiurned my back on the sea to deal with a fish and I was nearly caught and dragged by the undertow, somehow I managed to walk out of trouble but I was very young, strong and fit then, I learnt never to turn your back on the sea especially a strong incoming tide with an onshore wind.
KevinEllison Avatar
2 Apr 2019 9:20PM

Quote:I was nearly caught and dragged by the undertow

Yup, I was on a beach once, in the shallows, a small wave ( I thought....) came over, tripped me up and I was dragged backwards, ( very powerfully...) and submerged in a washing machine action of tumbling over, with stones...likewise, probably only youth and strength helped me get out and upright again...

and that’s just an innocuous looking beach for goodness sake...!Wink


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