Today was a strange day. I was at the beach in Amager – Copenhagen and had my sketchbook with me. First I went for at swim and it was lovely! Then I had the bright idea of trying to take a little canvas into the waves with me and draw them from within the water! I started the daunting task of painting the ever moving unsettled sea that would grip at my arm and tug at it. Is was an enjoyable challenge though, and the canvas was splashed many times underway.
As I went to shore too cold to do anymore, an unclear message was made through a megaphone apparently urging everyone out of the water because a bather seemed to have gone missing. Fire engines, divers, police and ambulance folk all got to work. Eventually the missing person was presumed to have made it out of the water unnoticed and things stepped down. I had been sketching all the happenings hoping that this was a false alarm and impressed at how serious the Danish emergency service took this possible case of drowning. At the time I was talking to someone about how slightly over the top it all looked if she had just sneaked out of the water without the lifeguards seeing her surface. Last I heard was, that it was probably a false alarm. I hope so, but this sketch really shows to what extent the Danish rescue service went, to save someone. Quite special to watch actually.