Markitos, Adam & Jasmine, and Justin & Anna to watch the parade of lights. I didn't bring my camera this year since I got a bunch of pictures last year. Last week's parade was pretty uneventful, but Ben, Lola & I rowed out again last night to check out Round 2.
The parade seemed to get a late start and we were waiting a while before we started seeing boats. The delayed start was the result of an accident in which a Coast Guard boat responding to an emergency call careened into a boat full of parade watchers and ended up killing an 8-year old boy and injuring 5 others. You can read the article here. Not a very cheery way to kick off the holiday.
The thing that most perplexes me is why the Coast Guard boat was speeding to respond to a grounded boat... a boat that wasn't going anywhere fast... on a night when there were most likely record numbers of boats out watching the parade. It's upsetting to think that the very people who are supposed to protect us are often times the people we need protection from. I realize accidents happen, but this one just seems so senseless. My heart goes out to the family of the boy. I can't imagine the pain they must be feeling.