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06-30-2004, 08:53 PM
A civilian worker on 'Old Ironsides' fell about 70 feet off a mast and died of his injuries. Our condolances to his family.
06-30-2004, 08:59 PM
I was just about to post on this myself.
Truely sad :(
06-30-2004, 09:03 PM
Oh man. That's aweful! I was just onboard her on Friday. It was the first time I've been. Very impressive. I really wished I could see more of her.
06-30-2004, 09:09 PM
That's sad, But it's a wonderful place to be. Clip your harness!
I've been working in the maintop of the Constellation recently, it's a long way down....
06-30-2004, 09:13 PM
Sure is impressive, I go there almost every month for a meeting of the Constitution ship model guild. Every time I go I spend some time just admireing her. A few months ago the Guild had a special tour of her, went into places most people never see, that was real enjoyment. Once a year the COattends a guild meeting, always a special treat.
Alan D. Hyde
07-02-2004, 03:03 PM
Sometimes such accidents (and perhaps that of the rowing coach, too) are found to be the result of a massive cerebral hemmorhage, or a myocardial infarction: something sudden and unexpected.
The first autopsy I ever did was on a 21-year-old former high school football player, to all outward appearances in good physical condition. He was found dead in the walk-in freezer at the restaurant where he worked. His right coronary artery was hypoplastic, and his left had taken over much of its function, so that when the left went, he was a dead man.
The first Bates soccer game in 1968 was against Wesleyan (IIRC). An away player fell down and died in front of the Bates goal as he tried to score, and several Bates players blamed themselves because they'd kicked him as they went for the ball. We carried him over to St. Mary's Hospital, and found that it was a aneurysm the player had that blew just then, something already there, unrelated to the specifics of that game: his time had come. We none of us know the day or the hour...
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