Say a prayer for Westray Mine vic­tims, sur­vivors

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

As most read­ers prob­a­bly know, to­day (May 9) is the 25th an­niver­sary of the Westray Mine ex­plo­sion in Ply­mouth, Pic­tou Co., in which 26 men were killed.

Hav­ing worked there the one thing I won­der about ev­ery an­niver­sary is how are those that sur­vived mak­ing out.

As there was no discussion about Post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) back then these em­ploy­ees were left on their own to find a way to deal with the ex­plo­sion, loss of life and to try to re­pair their own lives and pro­vide for their fam­i­lies.

Vol­umes have been writ­ten and moun­tains of con­ver­sa­tion spo­ken about what hap­pened, how it hap­pened and the cause, but the only ones that know for sure were the de­ceased.

As for us, the sur­vivors, I hope and pray they were all as lucky as me to find work and to re­mem­ber those that died that day and those that had to rebuild their lives af­ter­wards each time this an­niver­sary rolls around.

On May 9 say a prayer for all the for­mer Westray em­ploy­ees.

Don M. Dick­son Syd­ney (For­mer process op­er­a­tor, Westray Mine)

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