Friday, September 25, 2009

A semi-regular tragedy

It seems that almost every other month, the Tracy Press or its sister paper in Patterson posts a story such as this one — a body dragged out of the Delta-Mendota Canal. In this case, possibly a fisherman who disappeared Monday.

The canal is a notorious death trap, for both vehicles and those on foot. Fall in, and you're probably not getting out.

If such an outfit existed, it would be the San Joaquin mafia's version of the Hudson River.

Yet the canal is still a popular spot for fishing trips, trips that far too often end in tragedy, as one apparently did this week.

Yes, there are fish aplenty in the concrete-lined Delta-Mendota and California Aqueduct. But there are better fishing holes to be had, ones that aren't one false step away from disaster.

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