22/06/2018

MAGNET FISHING - a story in 100 words

MAGNET FISHING

All you need is a strong magnet on a rope and you can earn quite a few quid in scrap metal, or even a fortune, like that bloke who found a safe full of cash.
The rope must have got tangled and the lad fell in trying to free it, then his dad went in after him and they couldn’t get out.
The canal walls here are slimy slopes. There is a ladder but it’s round that corner – they probably never knew it was there.
Drowned, both of them, in five feet of mucky water. Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?
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Thanks to Fatima Fakier Daria for this week's photo on Rochelle's blog  https://rochellewisoff.com/  for Friday Fictioneers.
My story is what I imagine a local might say to a visitor or a reporter about a dreadful accident in the North of England which took the lives of a father and son this week.
 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/magnet-fishing-dead-father-son-huddersfield-canal-river-calder-west-yorkshire-a8404026.html
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30 comments:

  1. A tragedy – and not necessarily beyond belief.

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    1. Dreadful - father and son lost together.

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  2. Dear Liz,

    How sad. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I tried to write something different but couldn't get this out of my head until I wrote it.

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  3. Talk about things going wrong in every way. Well told, Madam!

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  4. How tragic knowing this is based on fact. Brilliantly told, though.

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    1. Thank you Ellie. Awful to lose husband and son so tragically.

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  5. The end of two lives reduced to 100 words. How very tragic.

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  6. such is life. we take risks. sometimes we win. sometimes we lose.

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  7. So sad, but very vividly written, Liz.

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  8. 100 words well written. So tragic! Two lives taken so needlessly.

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    1. Their family will never know what happened either.

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  9. People don't realise that canals are extremely dangerous. They think that because they're not tidal, supposedly level-bottomed, and the banks are relatively close at hand, all will be well. I've been along that stretch, such a dreadful tragedy and well captured.

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  10. So sad but captured very well. Nice post.

    http://trailbrooklane.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-ride.html

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  11. How tragic. Two lives gone. Good job telling a tragic tale in 100 words.

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  12. No, it doesn't bear thinking about! What a nasty way to go. Thanks for the shudder! Alicia

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  13. A distressing dual tragedy.

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    1. Very distressing, which is why I couldn't think of another story.

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  14. Another search for fortune ending in tragedy. Sad tale.

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