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Man survives UN bomb and Bali blast
| August 21 2003
Posted on 08/21/2003 12:30:37 PM PDT by knighthawk
An Australian land mine expert survived the truck bombing at the UN offices in Baghdad - less than a year after narrowly escaping injury in the Bali nightclub blasts.
Rodney Cocks, of Melbourne, was at the UN headquarters when the huge explosion rocked the building on Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald said.
The 27-year-old was in Iraq as part of a mine clearance unit.
The newspaper said that moments before the detonation, he left his desk, about 15 yards from the centre of the blast, and walked to another office to search for a phone number.
"I was standing there, and the next thing I know I was covered in glass," Cocks told the Herald.
"I was on the floor, bleeding. I couldn't breathe, there was thick black smoke all around and fire."
Last October, Cocks -- who was on leave from duty in East Timor with the Australian Army -- was about 40 yards from Paddy's Bar when the first of two explosions rocked Kuta, killing 202 people.
"I am sore and battered but I can't believe my luck," he said. "Someone is looking after me.
"If I had been at my desk on Tuesday I would have been dead."
TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: australian; bali; blast; bombing; iraq; survived; survives; unhqbombing
To: MizSterious; rebdov; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; Squantos; ...
posted on 08/21/2003 12:31:13 PM PDT
(We all want to touch a rainbow, but singers and songs will never change it alone. We are calling you)
boy, I think this guy should get a job in a missile silo or on a nuclear submarine ... might be time to stay low ...
posted on 08/21/2003 12:34:38 PM PDT
How's that saying go?..........oh yeah, "Three on a match is very bad luck."
May I suggest a new line of work for the lad?
Yeah ... well if Rodney Cocks shows up anyplace I happen to be, and I find out about it, I'm "outta" there!
posted on 08/21/2003 12:38:38 PM PDT
Just don't go off half Cocks.
posted on 08/21/2003 12:41:14 PM PDT
(Fortune favors the bold)
"I am sore and battered but I can't believe my luck,"
Right. Luck. Go ahead and believe that.
posted on 08/21/2003 12:41:30 PM PDT
(LD = Favorite Freeper)
Rodney: it's time to go home. You've escaped two pitches thrown straight over the plate. Don't hang around for Strike Three.
posted on 08/21/2003 12:41:46 PM PDT
posted on 08/21/2003 12:45:55 PM PDT
(Why do liberals always side with the enemies of the US?)
Rodney Cocks -- good name for a porn star.
posted on 08/21/2003 12:48:58 PM PDT
Remind me never to go on vacation with the young Australian.
posted on 08/21/2003 12:50:22 PM PDT
(Celebrating May 5th and all days with an American Flag)
Capt. Cocks is at left.
posted on 08/21/2003 12:51:10 PM PDT
"I can't understand it. Why did they nickname me Dead Meat?"
posted on 08/21/2003 12:53:19 PM PDT
You know...ever since the invention of Viagra...has been hard to keep the good Cocks down....
posted on 08/21/2003 12:54:45 PM PDT
("Never argue with an idiot, he'll bring you down to his level - then beat you with experience.")
To: You Gotta Be Kidding Me
Yup, third time's the charm!
Find a different line of work, maybe buy a lottery ticket?
posted on 08/21/2003 1:09:27 PM PDT
(Love you, Mom.)
Obviously he's just not meant to die. Good thing, given his line of work.
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