Posted by Nate Goldman
on Tuesday, July 9th 2019:
In Reply to: Re: Cooling off from the heat and humidity in Brooklyn, NY posted by Barb on Monday, July 8th 2019:
Barb, I have to compliment you, as I don't think I would have made that jump. Presumably, you saw other jumpers who successfully made that jump, before trying it yourself. I remember when I was at CCNY, we all had to take a mandatory swimming course. The instructor made us walk to the end of a diving board, and jump in feet first. The diving board probably was about 10-15 feet high; however, once I got up there, it seemed higher. I don't know how I did it, but I jumped off, went under water, and came to the top. Also, the instructor threw a rubber brick to the bottom of the pool, and had us swim to the bottom and retrieve it. In addition, he had us swim around the periphery of the pool, about ten times. I don't think that I have the energy to do that today. Incidentally, regarding the center span on the Marine Parkway Bridge, I remember one time on the way to Riis Park, that a large barge was passing, from west to east. The center span had to be lifted, and therefore, all traffic had to come to a halt for perhaps 10 minutes or longer. In August, 2017, I read of an incident on a similar bridge, which reminded me of the Marine Parkway Bridge. There is a span bridge called the Thorofare Bridge, which connects Wildwood and Cape May, New Jersey. A family had just paid their toll for that bridge, and were on the bridge in heir SUV, proceeding to the other side on the way to Cape May. An incompetent employee began raising the bridge, while their SUV was still on the span! The driver saw the danger that they were in, and quickly accelerated, and safely landed on the other side. The car had actually passed over an area of the bridge which was open. However, because of the high speed of the SUV, that vehicle safely landed on the other side. The car sustained damage, but the family members were safe. If it wasn't for the quick thinking of the driver, they could have all been killed. The Cape May County Commission stated that "the sun was in the employee's eyes, and he didn't see the car on the bridge". I guess that they couldn't think of a better excuse.
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