You know it’s not your day when…..

@JudyEv (130093)
Bunbury, Australia
June 13, 2018 6:10am CST
You survive a shipwreck only to be mistaken for felons and shot by a search party. This happened in 1853 to three shipwreck survivors at Four-Mile Beach on Tasmania’s east coast. The Swan River Packet was carrying timber and potatoes but ran aground on Rabbit Island between Victoria and Tasmania. The crew boarded a boat and landed just south of Four-Mile Beach. As luck would have it, a part of policemen hunting escaped convicts in the area shot three of the survivors after mistaking them for the outlaws. It was the second shipwreck in the area. In 1843 the 29 tonne Charlotte was wrecked and two drowned trying to make it to shore. The other survivors were found the next day by a passer-by and lead to safety at his employer’s property.
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@TRBRocks420 (81010)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Jun
Wow that's awful they were mistaken for outlaws.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
I know. It was a terrible ending for the poor guys.
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@JohnRoberts (60972)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Jun
That sounds like a good movie!
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
13 Jun
Not as bad as, but walking down the road hitchhiking and next thing you know you're close to a prison and there are 'Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers' signs along the road
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
Oh no. We took a pair of Clydesdales and a gypsy wagon through part of the Strezlecki Ranges once and came across a heap of cars and a high barbed fence. It was visiting day at a gaol. I like you new avatar but Scar's nose might be out of joint when he spots it.
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@Corbin5 (112869)
• United States
13 Jun
That area seems to be an area in which one would not want to be shipwrecked.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
That's true but this was a long time ago.
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@snowy22315 (50952)
• United States
13 Jun
Oh man!!!! That would probably be my luck! There used to be a lot of shipwrecks in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. Shallow shoals ran many a ship aground.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
After all the trauma of the wreck, it would be horrible to suddenly be shot at.
@peachpurple (12769)
• Malaysia
13 Jun
is that a movie?
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
No, it's not a movie. It happened back in 1853.
@garymarsh6 (14317)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. What a sad end after first surviving the ship wreck!
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@allknowing (68605)
• India
14 Jun
This mistaken identity thing happens ever so happen here in India and it is disgusting.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
And there was the Australian woman in the US who was shot be police after reporting a domestic disturbance.
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@allknowing (68605)
• India
14 Jun
@JudyEv Such irreversible damage needs to be punished and I wonder whether the police got punished. Here it depends who has committed the crime. If it is from someone who supports the government they never get punished.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
@allknowing That really is bad and sad but how on earth can India ever combat the problem?
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@Shavkat (65004)
• Philippines
13 Jun
These were tragic accidents and many people lost their lives.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
It's very sad isn't it?
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@Shavkat (65004)
• Philippines
14 Jun
@JudyEv I agree. It happens in the real world. Hopefully, a more advanced device would give warnings to people before going to the sea.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
@Shavkat People putting to sea in this area, including fishing boats, are governed by a range of conditions. One of the items they must have on board is called an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) which pinpoints your position when you set it off enabling rescuers to, hopefully, find you quickly.
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@xFiacre (4779)
• Ireland
13 Jun
@judyev I know an elderly gent (recently deceased) whose ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic during the war. He was rescued from the freezing waters by another ship that was then promptly torpedoed and he was then rescued from freezing water for the second time that day. Later another boat he served on also was sunk and he survived again.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
I think I've read about this somewhere. Poor guy. I should imagine he'd have had PTSD even if it wasn't recognised then. I wonder if he suffered from nightmares.
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@xFiacre (4779)
• Ireland
13 Jun
@JudyEv He never talked about it till he was in his 90s and the Russian Government gave him a medal for his work on an ice breaker getting supplies through to St Petersburg later in the war.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
@xFiacre I wonder how many others had similar experiences. Surviving more than once or twice.
@Hannihar (40014)
14 Jun
@JudyEv Judy, thanks for sharing that with us.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
There are dozens of interesting stories out there, isn't there?
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@Hannihar (40014)
15 Jun
@JudyEv Judy, there certainly are.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun
That was definitely not a good day for them. It's good there were some survivors of the Charlotte.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
We've been out to the lighthouse this morning. There probably wasn't one when these guys were sailing.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jun
@JudyEv Most likely not.
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@porwest (7045)
• United States
13 Jun
Holy smokes. How awful. But I agree with @JohnRoberts. This would make for an excellent movie if the story has not already made its way to the big screen.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
@JohnRoberts @porwestI very much doubt it's been made into a movie. Not sure how you'd end it though. It didn't say how many didn't get shot and killed.
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@porwest (7045)
• United States
16 Jun
@JudyEv It could easily be fictionalized. There's enough of an underlying premise to work with I think.
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@JustBhem (41091)
• Davao, Philippines
13 Jun
I know it's not my day when I don't hit the Lotto jackpot. Lol
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
Yes, winning Lotto would be a very special day, wouldn't it?
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@JustBhem (41091)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jun
@JudyEv Very special and the grandest. Lol
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@mlgen1037 (29634)
• Manila, Philippines
13 Jun
That would be the worst day of my life for sure.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
They don't get much worse than being shot and killed.
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@mlgen1037 (29634)
• Manila, Philippines
14 Jun
@JudyEv I agree. You do not have the idea that it will be your last day on earth. Such tragic.
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@kepweng (17613)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
14 Jun
i read that in tasmania is a Penal Colony famous for prisoners in 1800
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
Yes, that's correct. Today we might be going to one of the places where convicts were sent.
@andriaperry (56199)
• United States
14 Jun
Yes a very bad day!
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jun
One of those days when they should have stayed in bed!
@vandana7 (66825)
• India
13 Jun
Moral of the story is that is not the region you should plan to get shipwrecked at. Kidding. You do make it interesting.
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
I'm not sure there is a good region to get shipwrecked in! I'm pleased you found it interesting.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
13 Jun
Makes me want to just stay home (and maybe crawl under the covers)
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
It was a very long time ago but of course there are still innocent people getting killed in error.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25825)
• United States
13 Jun
Were they just shot or did it kill them ?
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
The three were shot and killed. It doesn't say how many were in the party.