Editorial: An Educational Accident – Western Life

Drawn by Ott Vallik.
Drawn by Ott Vallik.

There is a warning sign on the slip at the end of Suur-Mere Street in Haapsalu, which forbids going to the ice. Until Friday night, the ban may have seemed excessive, because the sea covered with a nice carpet of snow is ice. On Friday evening, a brave driver from Noarootsi drowned Haapsalu Tagalahti. At a depth of a few meters from the machine thundering in the sea, only the roof rails and the car radio antenna roar on the ice.

An unfortunate accident can be concluded, because the driver got out of the car alive. However, Nissan, which is staring at the fish in its bay, is a danger sign – a warning to others who are just as confident about driving over the ice. The car that sank in the sea on Friday must not be left to soak in, as possible fuel and oil leaks endanger the medicinal mud supply in Tagalahti. How a vehicle is dumped out of the sea is a matter for itself.

This year’s eye-catcher is not a rarity in the Backyard, cars have sunk there before. Step out of the way and you’re a lost man. Even when the ice road leading from the slipway of Suur-Mere Street to the port of Österby was officially open, it was only enough to deviate from the marked route for about ten meters and they were at sea.

Those who have covered the sea – organizers of toboggan trips, those interested in ice rink rides, including those who have built ice rinks – have found out by surveying where there is ice in the sea around Haapsalu and where there is no ice. In the back, it is only a few to three centimeters in some places. On the beach of Vasikaholm or the Big Draw, the ice is smoother and thicker.

Friday’s accident was a genuine confirmation of the fears that arose over the Transport Authority’s decision to save on ice roads – if there is no official road, there are still those who tend to drive to the ice. In the case of an official road, there is someone who keeps an eye on the sea ice and when driving it safely and reminds them of the safety rules of driving on the ice. All of these rules are relevant, but one of them is particularly important: you can only drive on the ice road during daylight hours.


Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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