There was one very nasty disaster reported on our local south-west television news and it illustrates how easily we can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Almost as if fate has us at it's beck and call.
Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were described as elderly sweethearts at 67 and 72. They had been out for a romantic restaurant meal at the Bridge House Hotel. On their way home they drove through the Beaminster Tunnel just as a landslip occurred, because of the severe weather. They, and their car, were buried under tons of dislodged earth and rubble. Sadly they both died.
The extra horrible part was that they were entombed for ten days without anyone realising where they were.
The Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset Police said, "This was a tragic, freak accident. It was a chance in a million that they happened to be driving out of the end of the tunnel when the landslide swept through."
A million to one - but there is more to the story. At the restaurant the couple decided not to have coffee after their meal, because of the 'atrocious weather'. If they had lingered as expected over coffee they would have arrived at the tunnel after the mudslide had fallen.
A member of staff from the restaurant left ten minutes later than the couple and reached the tunnel after it had become blocked - so he turned round and went another way, never realising that anyone was buried underneath the landfall.
It does almost appear that through circumstances beyond our control we can be dragged into something we would wish to avoid. Yet at other times we may be aided to miss something horrific. Who or what decides who will suffer and who will be saved?
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