Monday, March 08, 2010

"Slip At Brackenridge Park Frightens Woman"

C'mon, KSAT. It's a busier news day than this.
A walk in Brackenridge Park took a frightening turn for a local 20-year-old San Antonio woman, who said she slipped into the San Antonio river [sic] at a popular spot at the park and nearly drowned.

She said she wants her accident to be a lesson for everyone, including the city of San Antonio.
First person who should learn the lesson is:
[Alyssa] Suarez said she feared for her life after falling into the river while walking on the vehicular bridge, ...
It's built for vehicles, not humans. First clue that you should be careful.
"I pulled her right out here beyond the sticks," said [Brandon] Johnson, pointing to the area where he said his girlfriend fell in.

Both he and Suarez said they thought she was stepping on the street, but instead it was sticks and debris.
If the roadway is so flooded that you cannot tell what you are stepping on, then perhaps you should rethink your actions and refrain from stepping out there unless you have a really good reason to. Like saving the life of someone else who's fallen into the river.

Or step into it, if you like, and at least accept the consequences of your actions without rushing to call up the television news.
After gulping a mouthful of river water, Suarez said she was caught up in an undertow.


She said the river tasted like sewage water.
OK, I've never actually tasted sewage water that I can remember. I've smelled it, but I haven't tasted it. But I might say that I knew what it tasted like if I was playing up a situation for the cameras.
Originally Suarez said she [sic] there were no warning signs posted at the vehicular bridge but later admitted she spotted two signs on each end of the bridge when she returned to the bridge a few days later.

Pay attention!
Suarez said in the past she has seen children on the bridge and insisted the two signs are not enough. She also stressed the need for the city to make sure the bridge is clean from thick debris.
I stress the need for people to be aware of their surroundings and to be careful around low water crossings.

Fifteen minutes of fame, and all that.

1 comment:

Sabra said...

The river just isn't that deep, not in most places anyway. I reckon she was saved when she stood up and realized the water splashed slightly above her ankles.

Seriously, I used to "ford" the river every day going home from school, when I attended Brackenridge and lived over by La Tuna. In monsoon season it was maybe a foot deep.