August 4, 2012 10:54am CST
A couple of days ago I was walking with my family near a local hydroelectric dam. We came upon fireman and police trying to rescue an unfortunate man who had gone down some steps where he shouldn't have, and fallen through a floor into the tunnels within the base of the dam. He apparently fell about 30 foot onto a metal floor. Whilst we were there the wonderful firemen managed to extract him and as we were driving away we saw the helicopter ambulance flying in to take him off. This afternoon we heard that he's died in hospital from internal injuries sustained in the fall. He's the son of a local lady, who lost her daughter in a fall some years ago. Poor, poor woman. Passing the lake earlier today, the steps that are supposedly out of bounds to the public still only had a flimsy gate at the top and there was no sign of the danger lurking below. I'm just terribly grateful it wasn't someone close to me who decide to explore. Who do you think is to blame in a situation like this? The man who went somewhere that he shouldn't have? Or the company who maintain the dam as they could have marked the potential danger more clearly? The gate is marked no entry, but is easily bypassed. It seems such a pointless accident, so easily avoided.