Boating tragedy could have been avoided

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Years ago, Father Reilly used to say, “The world’s going to hell in a hand basket.” Well now it would be, “The world’s burning.”

We have Middle East, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and countless crazed radicals with ISIS on top. We have deadly tragedy at home and hopeless, dumbing world leadership. The last two Presidents are called the worst in history and now the U.S. Air Force bombs U.S. equipment. In my last letter, I was inspired by CNN’s 60s documentary series. 1960’s America seamed to always have the right person at the right time.

So what happened? I ask Drew Marzullo, Peter Tesei, Richard Blumenthal, Scott Frantz and you all.

We have a young first selectman that now shows strain after the Greenwich Point tragedy. He declared about four years ago there would be more safe guards in our parks and now we have tragedy. Our country and the world needs leadership with more common sense direction for society’s sake.

On many occasions I’ve offered to work part time on patrol, with my mobile office keeping the selectmen’s office closer to Greenwich residents and personnel. We need more common sense patrolling of our parks. A cyclist hits a tree, a triathlon’s heart attack and back to 60s drowning of inexperienced swimmer.

My efforts from 1992 to 2005 on my park ranger/police proposal were to no avail. I warned there would be heavy accidents ahead. On many occasions I witnessed boating incidents close to shore. Once while working the gate, I stopped a careless water skier in the bay, just by yelling at boaters close in at high tide.

I know there only two places in Greenwich Point Bay where boaters operate skies/rafts. These are easily observed spots often used mid-afternoons by young people. Misdirected boat operating or clowning around can be corrected with bull horns or even yelling. Also a park ranger or police cruiser speaker can stop young carelessness.

More public safety resources must be supplied. I have sharp observation skill hewn over the years. I can start the training and operating procedures for a proper park ranger/police service.


Jim C. Reilly

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