Last week a helicopter crashed into the island's main power wire between us and the mainland. 3 killed, instantly. The heli pad is not a heli-pad but a piece of open land and the high voltage cable though known to all the pilots was dangerously close.
Galatas, the village on the mainland was without power for a few hours but ours took almost 2 days to be fully restored. Everyone swung into action though. A power outage mid summer season is a catastrophe.
The Navy Base has it's own generator. The background lights are those of the village on the mainland.
Half a dozen police cars were sent over to patrol roads and guard banks and any other businesses whose alarm systems were suddenly shut down.
All main roads were closed. The power wires came down across the end of the main harbour road, fortunately not causing any more causalities
The army brought in 8 emergency generators which started giving electricity to the main tourist areas by next morning.
Not us though
Fortunately the days were cooler so we didn't need fans or aircon. Some of the grandkids came up and we played old fashioned boardgames. This is a quiz game, in greek, with some very odd questions which only I could answer, to the amazement of said grandchildren.
How many Oscars did Spencer Tracey win?
I guessed 8 but he had won 9. Almost got that one
It was into this strait that the helicopter crashed, missing yachts and other water traffic
Too late, but the new wires will have some sort of warning signs attached to them and no helicopter will be landing here unless the piece of open land can be made into a safe and legal heli-port. That goes for all these sorts of landing places all over the country.
Too late for the pilot and passengers.
That is a truly dreadful story. It must be an awful time for the families of the pilot and the passengers. The move to make a safe helipad is, as you say, a little late but should hopefully prevent such things happening again.ReplyDelete
I am glad that you are feeling better. And I always loved Spencer Tacey!
It's always the way here. Takes a disaster before changes are made. Dreadful time for the families.Delete
A very sad case that could have ended worse. I'm glad you came back to Blogland and hope you feel better.ReplyDelete
Just starting to take an interest in life again. I couldn't let this disaster go without some sort of comment. It's always a disaster that puts Poros on the news, alasDelete
wow that is a major, I'm so sorry about the loss of lives, it's awful. You spoke about Spencer Tracy, I may be younger than you but I love old movies, I have a hard drive full of them mostly film noir ones form the 1950s and some from the 1960s.ReplyDelete
I haven't seen Spencer Tracy in a film for years. We dont often get movies that old on greek channels. A pity!Delete
Just like government officials to declare an area unsafe after an accident like that....it's one of those "we've always done it". So sad for the loss of life.ReplyDelete
Looks like fun with the Grand kids though! My family always plays board games when we're all together. Usually Yatzee, or Mexican Train (dominoes). It's fun to look at those yatzee scores from years ago, cause Mom never throws those things out. :-)
Our kids usually play uno and we did have a game or two of that as well. They love card games, greek or foreign and luckily dont, usually, fight.Delete
What a mess!ReplyDelete
but good to see a post by you!
I was getting worried, of course.
I have been having *fun* of my own! Dry socket in one of the teeth removal sites. Only if you or someone you know, has had a dry socket... Can you know what a bad time, that is.
Hope you are recouping nicely!
I did read about your dry socket and sympathised with your pain. Any tooth pain is unbearable. I hope YOU are recouping!Delete
How horrible. The poor families affected. Glad your doing well. At least if you got too hot you go and sit in the water. I would of set up an umbrella deck chair and an esky full of drinks I wouldn’t move for days lolReplyDelete
It's damned hot now! When is autumn going to appear?Delete
One might have thought that such power lines, in such a spot, would have been buried underground. It's a sad reflection on life that the banks etc need to be protected as soon as power fails. I'd thought that was only in the UK.ReplyDelete
They will eventually go under the sea but it is a very difficult job. Our water pipe goes under the sea and again it is hauled up by a boat anchor. A high voltage wire would have to be buried deep.Delete
Glad to see you blogging again, and feeling stronger. A sad post and sadly these things do happen.ReplyDelete
Greece hides disasters in poros many of my friends were killed in 90,s lovely posh boat owner befriended people who went to bar not far from old church forget name, they were decapitated as fishermen put up strings to show own territory.I was invited on to that speedboat, declined only as tired..same year fantastic diver was trashed by flying dolphinReplyDelete