posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 02:20 AM
This is just terrible.
I am pretty familiar with both Bayou La Batre and the Intracoastal Waterway. You can see the latter on Google Earth at these coordinates:
30º17'33.88"N 88º07'55.80"W, but Bayou La Batre is too small to appear as anything but a green blob.
Now_Then wondered about stability. I'll say this... The only thing close to good luck that Bayou La Batre had was getting name-dropped in Forrest
and Disney building the Black Pearl (for Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
) at Steiner Shipyard there. The town is
only about 4 square miles and subsists almost entirely on the shrimping industry. Any money made from the Disney thing was almost certainly
obliterated a few months later when Hurricane Katrina hit. They had a 16ft storm surge that resulted in a little over twenty shrimp boats getting
beached as well as a clipper ship. It is, in my opinion, a bleak spot of hopelessness. Its population is under 2500 people, many of whom still
haven't totally recovered from the hurricane three years ago. No one I know wanted to be anywhere near it even before Katrina wrecked it. That goes
to mindset. Also, MSNBC is playing up the father's drug habit here
I'm sort of surprised that no one noticed a man throwing 4 children off this particular bridge. The Dauphin Island Parkway turns into Highway 193,
which turns into the Intracoastal Waterway: a fair stretch across the Mobile Bay that eventually rises to the 80ft mentioned in the article. The photo
on Google Earth at the coordinates I listed earlier shows just how bare the bridge is. There are no wires or massive girders extending above it. There
is just a small area of road on either side for a car to pull over in case of emergency. On this bridge, whatever you are doing is totally exposed,
especially if you are doing it during the daytime. And while it is not a point of major traffic like the I-10 Bridge, it is a well-traveled road.
Perhaps he did this in the early, dark, low traffic hours of the morning?
If I were to somehow fall off that bridge at the highest point and actually survive the fall, I'd still have to swim a half mile (0.80km) or so to
decent shore. The chances of even one of those poor kids surviving are extremely slim. Horrible...