Granted that a lot of news that is reported is a bummer, but it’s always doubly sad when it’s a case of a drowning during the summer months.
We reported on such a case yesterday. A 29-year-old Sterling man died at a local hospital following an incident that occurred at Difficult Run in McLean. Details remain a little sketchy, but it appears to have been an accidental drowning; the victim was able to get out of the water and found assistance, but the damage had been done.
Whether it was the case here or not we do not know, but people do tend to underestimate the power of the Potomac River and its tributaries. It happens every summer. They are not to be treated lightly.
It’s worth repeating: Pay attention to signage and rules. If the signage says not to swim in a particular location, don’t do it. Even if it is allowed, know your limits.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ ON VIRGINIA’S BEES? We’ll have some good news in our Weekend edition: Virginia ranks (relatively) high in a new statistical analysis of the best places for beekeepers in Virginia.
(There’s one of those “best of” lists for everything, apparently…)
Hopefully what’s good news for beekeepers is good news for bees, because we need the little buzzers in our lives.
- Scott McCaffrey