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12-APR-2015 Tim Betts

A most unfortunate accident for Tim

Today we were heading from Ouarzazate to Marrakech and stopped to see the ksar (fortress and neighborhood surrounding it) of Ait Benhaddou. To reach the ksar, you had to either cross the river on two long sections of stones (with bags of rocks on them) or walk a ways to a pedestrian bridge. We took the stones, which looked easy but turned out to be quite challenging. Rostom, our driver, took my camera and purse and then helped me from stone to stone. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they weren’t spaced far apart (in the middle of rapids), but for a short person, it was quite a stretch. We had just made it across the second section of rocks when we heard a big splash: Tim had slipped on a rock and fallen in the river, which wasn’t deep, but certainly was deeper than it looked. He got up immediately, but had twisted his foot and couldn’t make it the rest of the way across. Two policemen came running and helped him get to the shore. We had to climb through the Kasbah to get to the pedestrian bridge, to get back to the car. It was painful, but we made it and got to Marrakech, over the High Atlas Mountains (so a long and winding drive). Along the way we stopped and asked a restaurant for ice, but all they had to give us was frozen beef brochettes, which we gladly accepted, in the hope of reducing the swelling.

Our riad (pension) in Marrakech called a doctor, and turns out a bone was fractured in his foot and he will have to be on crutches for a month. Needless to say, he won’t be able to go on our guided tour of Marrakech tomorrow, but hopefully he won’t be in too much pain for the last five days of our trip. Just Morocco isn't the best place to be on crutches...

This is minor compared to what happened to Tim, but my Sony RX-1, which he was using, fell in the water and is now dead. All my batteries (which I am unable to replace) were in the camera bag he was carrying as well, along with a lot of compact flash and SD cards; I don’t yet know how they fared. His passport was soaked but survived, as did his cell phones and wallet. His hat went down the river, but a little boy retrieved it for us. What a day.

Posted earlier today, sand dunes under the Sahara sun:

Sony Cyber-shot RX1
1/400s f/10.0 at 29.0mm iso100 full exif

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Eleni Kounalakis 30-Apr-2015 23:36
When the words "rock" and "the Kasbah" don't add up to a good time... Get better soon Tim! xo Eleni
Regine L.14-Apr-2015 15:36
Those rocks looked so innocent. Take good care of that broken foot. at least Tim can get around even with a wheel chair. Pretty soon crutches will help. Water and photographic equipment don't mix, Let's hope that it will become usable again after it all has dried out.
Julie Oldfield14-Apr-2015 02:55
I am so sorry to hear that. I hope he is OK and will recovery quickly. That sounds scary.
larose forest photos14-Apr-2015 00:47
Oh no, I am so sorry to hear about the accident. Nothing worse than something like that when on holiday. A month seems an eternity but hoping it will pass quickly. V
Jola Dziubinska14-Apr-2015 00:20
Some misfortunate adventure on your trip. Hope Tim gets well soon and that you can recover your cards and other equipment. Take care!
LynnH14-Apr-2015 00:04
OMG... I feel bad for both of you.
janescottcumming13-Apr-2015 23:15
Ouch, poor Tim! Hope he is feeling better soon.
Pierre13-Apr-2015 22:30
Une aventure malencontreuse mais une très belle photo de l'endroit! V
victorswan13-Apr-2015 21:56
O dat is niet zo leuk, Torn ligaments are definitely not fun, I hope Tim heals quickly, and hopefully you can save much of your photo tools Helen Give him my best wishes V
Alexander Kazakov13-Apr-2015 16:38
Excellent capture! Nice scene! V
hamery13-Apr-2015 14:00
Oh ! Hope he get well soon and best wishes, Helen.
Claude Gagnon13-Apr-2015 12:57
What an adventure !!!!!!
pkocinski13-Apr-2015 11:42
Get well wishes to Tim. You are having quite an adventure lately...
Isabel Cutler13-Apr-2015 10:39 both definitely did not deserve this! So sorry to hear of this misfortune. Hope he heals quickly.
gerrit13-Apr-2015 05:27
A small drama in a dramatical environment. What happens with the beef brochettes? Wish Tim a good recovery!
Carol Rollins13-Apr-2015 03:33
Oh my goodness - what a day indeed. I hope Tim heals quickly. Torn ligaments are definitely not fun!
Gerard Koehl13-Apr-2015 02:42
Magnifique. V
Stephanie13-Apr-2015 01:59
OMG!! Truly a day from hell for you both! Will you finish the tour and leave Tim behind in Marrakech? Now you need new camera equipment....
Gill Kopy13-Apr-2015 01:27
OH DEAR !!! What a shame to spoil your holiday. Sympathies to Tim - sounds very painful. The crossing looks so harmless in your shot - a neat one :) G
globalgadabout13-Apr-2015 00:30
sounds like a vacation on the rocks...absolute sympathies to Tim, and wish you well with recovering the drowned data...despite the setbacks here the image is enthralling...
Dave Petersen Photography12-Apr-2015 23:07
I am very sorry to hear this and wish him the best. From the image it looks to be a tricky crossing. I wish you good luck on the rest of this trip and a fast recovery for Tim.
Mairéad12-Apr-2015 22:30
Oh dear, poor Tim. I certainly hope he's not in too much pain. Those stones certainly look precarious.
danad12-Apr-2015 20:19
It's a bad day ! Hope Tim will recover soon !
Scott B Nelson12-Apr-2015 20:01
Wow, what a story!
Patrick Goossens12-Apr-2015 18:56
That's a very sad thing. Hope Tim will be OK and without to much pain.
Tom LeRoy12-Apr-2015 18:50
Good grief! that's terrible luck, Helen. Glad Tim will be OK.. you can always get another camera... V
Graeme12-Apr-2015 18:39
Oh dear Helen. I hope that Tim is going to be okay with his cast on his foot for the rest of the holiday. But to loose your Rx-1, batteries and flash cards, is not good at all! I hope you had it insured as it will be costly to replace. Sadly these things happen but at least Tim wasn't seriously injured, can you not get replacement batteries and cards?
joseantonio12-Apr-2015 18:34
Sorry to hear about this.....Hope Tim recovers quickly.V.
Jim Coffman12-Apr-2015 18:25
Omg!!! What a day from hell! I am so sorry for both of you!!!
Colin Storey12-Apr-2015 18:25
Hope Tim recovers quickly and that you can rescue some of your gear.
It is a wonderful image from your troubles. v