Picture for Lighthouse(24 posts)
No idea where they got it from. This is the text that came with the pic:
Lighthouse guard in Mare , France must be one of the most
courageous people on the planet!
Not everyone will have a smoke in such weather, and in such a
There is a plce "La Mare", but that is not even on the coast: http://www.visitfrance.co.uk/a.....cfm?i=5221
We had a BBC film crew out many times to the Bishop, but this one time, they had been ferried out in a small helicopter, 8 people, 3 trips.
During the day, the weather just got worse and worse. By the time it came to send them ashore, it was too bad for the small helicopter to take off from the mainland. Well I didn't want them staying overnight. No place to sleep, and would have eaten all my food. So I called Air Sea Rescue. Even they had a problem, but the pilot was brilliant, did a one wheel touchdown on the pad (helicopter was too heavy for a full landing) and managed to get the BBC crew inside. As it took off and was about 100 metres metres away, a massive wave came up the tower and over me. The cameraman was filming this. Wish I had a copy.
so glad I saw the sequence of photos (thanks to vicracer's post) I thought it has to be fake or he died. good to know it was neither. Sometimes I have really weird tidal wave nightmares so this one scared me !
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