Stet by Ria Bacon

Monday, June 20, 2005

With all the will in the world




Death is stalking me.


Out for a Sunday morning stroll in March and a marathon runner keels over in front of me.

Last Sunday I'd just slathered the kids with factor 40 when a helicopter drops out of the sky and lands on the beach.

Budda-budda-budda!


Sand in the suncream


Where's David Hasselhoff?A 47-year-old man had had a heart attack. A doctor and two nurses who were also on the beach immediately attended to him, but he died 30 minutes later. The story made the news (in Italian) because of the late arrival of the ambulance. The events are pretty inconsistent, however, for example, a number of tourists complained to the police that the ambulance took almost an hour to arrive, while another report claimed the ambulance was only called 40 minutes after the man had collapsed (after he was dead?) and that the beach road was blocked by tourist traffic. That would certainly explain the dramatic arrival of the helicopter and police patrol boat. Hundreds of people sprinted along the beach to gawp. Ghouls or just Baywatch fans?