Comment: Beware the power of nature

1:47pm Monday 25th March 2013

By Telegraph comment

EVERYONE’S hearts must go out to the family of 25-year-old Gary Windle.

On Friday, like countless other young men, he left home to enjoy a night out with friends.

The weather had not been great all day but he could have had no idea just how bad conditions were to become over the next few hours.

After catching a taxi home he made the fateful decision to walk the last mile to his home after the vehicle was forced to turn back.

The journey would have been one he made many times, but on this occasion, faced with snow drifts up to six-feet deep and in light clothing, he succumbed to the blizzard conditions.

Gary’s death is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts go to all his loved ones and friends at this awful time.

Mother Nature can be very cruel and the power of the elements should never be underestimated.

This week with the weather expected to remain bitterly cold and with more snow a possibility everyone should take extra care to keep themselves safe.

And wouldn’t it be great if we could all spare a few minutes to make sure some of our more vulnerable residents, including our elderly neighbours, remain warm and well.

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