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Posted on 01/09/2013 5:28:02 PM PST by naturalman1975Edited on 01/09/2013 5:29:34 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
With their home destroyed and wildfires raging around them, it was their only hope.
Tammy and Tim Holmes led their five grandchildren Charlotte, two, Esther, four, Caleb, six, Liam, nine, and Matilda, 11, into the sea.
Even there, their terror was not over as flames licked the wooden jetty they clung to and they struggled to breathe in the smoke-filled air.
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The man is a genuine hero. In a truly dire situation, he got his grandchildren to the most survivable location he could find. He fought the fires at that location to keep them safe, and when it was possible, he risked his life to return to shore to locate a boat to take them to safety.
His wife - the children's grandmother - kept them as safe as she could and as calm as possible through over two hours of hellish conditions.
Matilda, aged 11, should also be commended, as she took responsibility for the safety of her younger brother Caleb.
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At leat they didn’t have contend with a hungry Salty.
Way too far south for that, fortunately.
That's a cool day compared to Texas the last couple summers. They were lucky to have a river nearby.
Imagine it being at least 40 in Texas. And in Colorado. And in New York. And in Washington State. And in California. And in Florida. Basically everywhere in the entire country on one day. That's what was unusual about that day. That's the average - some places were over ten degrees hotter. A few were up to ten degrees cooler.
It was 44 degrees where I was, and I was out fighting bushfires in it, and I'm grateful it wasn't the 47 degree day we had in 2009.
The temperatures really were insane the other day. We're used to 40+ degree days affecting part of the country - but not absolutely everywhere at once.