Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Reflective UNESCO Ceremony

Yesterday the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, visited Auronzo di Cadore as part of a ceremony inaugurating the Dolomites into UNESCO's natural heritage fund. What should have been a festive day turned out to be very subdued because on August 22, 4 emergency workers were killed in a helicopter mission on Monte Faloria, in the heart of the Dolomites.

The accident has rocked the community and country. A Suem helicopter (Servizio urgenze ed emergenze mediche del 118) from Pieve was flying toward the scene of a mud slide, triggered from intense rains, to check for potential victims. On the way there, the helicopter hit electric lines which caused the death of the 4 people inside, including a distinguished alpine climber from the area.

In this case, those who come in the aid of the fallen were victim to that same end. A helicopter which usually saves lives, took them suddenly and unexpectedly.

The funerals were also held yesterday. A moment of silence was observed at the UNESCO ceremony in their honor.

May they rest in peace.

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1 comment:

  1. Ah, we read about that sad accident. Such a pity...