To think the people who went out just to take pictures of the storms and high tides were being irresponsible?

(61 Posts)
Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Fri 03-Jan-14 18:09:20

So there was a weather warning, and advice from the emergency services not to go and gawp at it. So what is on the news? People out taking photos, going for walks along the front etc. Why? Are they stupid?

Moln Sat 04-Jan-14 20:31:17

What could he be charged with (the fool student in Aberystwyth that is)?

Stupidity isn't a crime, not sure endangering yourself and/or lifeboat men is either. Propably could do with being so though.

Lilacroses Sat 04-Jan-14 21:23:41

I agree, I was cringeing looking at the pics on the news. The people with the young children in particular....bloody idiotic.

meditrina Sat 04-Jan-14 21:37:03

The search for the missing teenager has been called off so that's not looking good, though it may resume tomorrow.

I think it's a seriously bad idea to take children along. For it tells them that it's OK, and them when they are a bit bigger they might think again that it's OK and do something awful because they do not understand how dangerous it is.

HesterShaw Sat 04-Jan-14 21:44:50

YABU to tar everyone with the same brush. Not everyone who goes near the sea in big wave conditions to see the spectacle is risking their life, or putting the emergency services at risk. I went out with my camera and got some amazing pictures of big waves, but I live by the sea and know where to stand and where not to stand.

However that family with the small children- what were they thinking? And those people who go in for a drunken dip cause nothing but worry and frustration for everyone else.

It's a bit ignorant to brand everyone as selfish and irresponsible though.

YANBU. I live just outside Aberystwyth and going to look at the waves and storm damage has become a local hobby this weekend. FB newsfeed full of pictures of their DC posing in front of waves and rubble.

I can understand that this is an incredible event that we (hopefully) won't see again, but I wouldn't dream of putting myself of my DC anywhere near it.

There have been warnings in the media from the police and council about keeping a safe distance. Why do people think they know better?

I have grown up by the sea & yes I took my DD's to see the waves. From a very safe spot, they asked why we were so far back & I taught them (I hope) to respect the sea. The only one of our family who has got soaked by a wave over the last few days was DH, he grew up in Derbyshire & ignored my warnings about the sea.

It is so hard to explain to people who live inland but if you know a coast & sea well you know where you can stand to be safe.

spookyskeleton Sat 04-Jan-14 21:57:49

I agree! One of my friends posted a photo on FB of her 2 young kids stood in front of the sea at a resort on the west coast on Thursday when the warnings were in place shock

notthefirstagainstthewall Sat 04-Jan-14 21:58:17

Because the weather/nature is amazing and people want to see it first hand?
Stupid or human.

Obviously sat inside, watching the weather news on TV makes you less stupid.

Awks Sat 04-Jan-14 22:01:24

We live by the sea and year on year say this. Families have died wave dodging here and still they never learn. Absolute idiots - they have no idea of the power of the sea. Just before Christmas the sea was so strong it ripped the doors off the beach huts, threw cars accross the drive and pulled benches from the pavement. And they think their toddler will be safe in their arms.

Pixel Sat 04-Jan-14 23:27:26

pigsDOfly I think you might live near me as there was a teenager swept out to sea here before Christmas like you said. Thing is, although I feel so sorry for his family and the friends who witnessed it (especially as he was same name and age as my ds) I can't help thinking it could have been avoided. If it's the same boy they showed a facebook photo of him taken the week before doing the same thing, standing out on a groyne with the spray coming over (it was apparently a thing he did often), so people knew what he was doing but didn't think to stop him going out in the middle of a raging storm?

pigsDOfly Sun 05-Jan-14 00:11:53

Yes Pixel the teenager boy wasn't actually in my area but apparently was moved on by the coastguard in my area for doing exactly what you say, he was playing around on a groyne. He was moved on and apparently went further along the coast and that's when he was washed out to sea.

The other one, just after Christmas was in my area. A young woman out with friends for the evening walk to the water's edge during a heavy storm and was just swept away by a huge wave.

Soon after the boy was killed, I had to be near the beach and saw that a barrier, put up because that stretch of beach was too dangerous to go on during stormy weather, had been broken through by someone and people were still climbing all over the groynes.

I think some people just will not be told.

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