2009-09-11 / Letters

Ropes Saved My Life

Dear Editor,

Your editorial on the recent drowning deaths due to the rip currents brought to mind how those ropes saved my life back then. I lived on Beach 130 Street and my dad used to take me down to the beach to teach me how to swim when I was about 11 or 12.

Under his watchful eyes I would practice while I held onto the ropes that were in place back then connected to barrels.

This one time he told me to "hold on tight," as he was going in to sit a bit. After a bit of bouncing up and down and feeling a little cocky, I let go of the ropes and before I knew it, I felt the current pulling me out. I can truly say it was a scary and helpless feeling. quickly grabbed the ropes again and to this day I thank God that the ropes were there or I would not be here to talk about it. This 'old technology' saved my life.

My heart went out to those poor people who did not have a rope to hold onto. That helpless feeling was something I hope I will never experience again.

I have to agree that Benepe and the Parks Department are incorrect since, with the ropes in place, I was as safe as I could be. They should step up and try a pilot program that just might work on the most dangerous beaches. As for not being cost effective and reliable, these are poor excuses for not saving lives. It is at least worth a try.

EDNA OPALLO

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