Fabian deaths were their own fault
This letter is in response to the lead article in your issue of Thursday, 5th September, 2013.
It is regrettable that the Causeway has not been replaced since Fabian. But, it is an aberration to label that failure as an insult to the lives of those who lost their lives in attempting to cross the Causeway at the height of Fabian. Decisions were made by PC Stephen Symonds, WPC Nicole O'Connor and SDO Gladys Saunders to disobey a lawful order that no one was to leave any police station, unless instructed to do so by COMOPS, even in the case of a dire emergency.
Saunders' husband had flatly refused to come, during the height of the hurricane, take her from the St. George Police Station to their home at Duck's Puddle. That trip was attempted by the three of them in wilful disregard of lawful instructions cost them their lives. As the Bible says: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6: 23); and “The soul that sinneth shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20).
Manuel Pacheco had gone to a boatyard in St. David's to check on his boat. As he hurried across the Causeway, on his way back to his family and home at Cottage Hill, his car was struck by waves and stalled. As he battled the elements, his last words by cell phone to his friend, Ruben Almeida, were: “I'll see you on the other side, Brother”. Manuel died for a cause, not because.
There are five unsung heroes of that day: fire fighters, Lionel Furbert, Wendell Simmons, Leroy Maxwell, Carl Govia and PC Richard Austin. Those fire men, roped together, and Austin, strapped to a pay-loader, endangered their own lives in attempts to rescue those hapless souls who were being storm-battered on the Causeway.
For a multiplicity of reasons, a new bridge/link is needed to replace the fragile Causeway; but, the death of any of the police personnel does not feature among them.
Edward I. King