Australian Mom Killed By Flood After ‘Dozens’ Whip Out Smartphones Instead of Helping
Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:55am by Liz Klimas
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But, as if this damage weren’t devastating enough, the only fatality reported thus far could potentially have been prevented if onlookers had put down their smartphones to lend a helping hand. A mother from the town of Roma and her 7-year-old son were trapped on Friday as the strong current began pulling them apart. Australia’s Courier-Mail reports that some men rushed in to help Jane Sheahan as she passed her son, Darcy, to them. But it was too late for Sheahan to be pulled from the water herself.
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Wasn’t there. Don’t know the whole story. Can’t condemn folks for not risking their life.
Only hope that if I get such and opportunity, I won’t look the other way.
Save a life!
Isn’t that on everyone’s bucket list?
It is on mine. Right above “deliver a baby”.
(Strangely women are very uncooperative. They seem to insist on a real doctor. I’ll have to find with no other choice. Like that lady on the NYC bound commuter train; she wasn’t that “ripe”. And, a near miss when I was on the first aid squad. No luck!)
Back to the topic, it’s like that poem —
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
— will these “men”, these onlookers with smart phones, think themselves “accurs’d”. “Holding their manhood cheap”.
Where are the heroes?
Yes, there were some that day. Saved a child. But, perhaps extra hands or an earlier response would have saved Mum too.
Ashamed to be a man by such a poor performance by other of my sex.
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