It has been two months since the tragic death of our believed nephew, Michael Cook. In a heroic effort to save his 13-year-old son, Michael disappeared beneath the surface of the water at Sherkston Beach.
Being the responsible young man that he always was, he would never have put his family in danger. Over the years, many of us have heard of the tragic drownings at this beach. But Michael was not aware of the dangerous undertows.
As people go on with their everyday lives, we as a family have to face the reality that Michael is gone forever. Little did this family know that what started out to be a fun-filled day at the beach would end up minus one family member.
Unfortunately, this tragedy will most likely not be the last here.
If there were signs posted "Dangerous Undertows," as well as the availability of lifeguards and medical personnel, Michael's untimely death might not have happened. It is time this well-known public swimming area took the precautions necessary to prevent another tragic drowning.
Grace Paladino Shipley Buffalo