Last weekend Jill, Kylie and myself visited the cliffs at Blackwall Reach, which is on the Swan River not far from our house. I've occasionally described my lifelong connection with the place in previous Fremantlebiz entries. On 29 April 2006 I wrote about a young man named Cade Matthews who had died when he attempted a backflip into the river from one of the highest points. Last Saturday afternoon I was reminded of that tragedy as I watched numerous other young men risking their lives by leaping from various other places along the cliff. I've never previously seen as many young men jumping as there were last Saturday. It seems inevitable that there'll eventually be another tragedy resulting from these leaps of faith.
Leaps of faith at Blackwall Reach
There are faded warning signs and decrepit low fencing which are bypassed to gain access these jumping places. They have no meaning for the jumpers. A couple of pleasant young blokes I spoke to were aware of the previous tragedy, but they too had been doing backflips, and one had some pretty conspicuous bruising on the right side of his torso which had resulted from an awkward entry into the water the previous weekend.
© MMXII Paul R. Weaver.
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