Arjan, the 21-year-old son of Bert and Alinda Kortus, was killed by a fire in a wind turbine. Alinda: "I don't really want to think about what he went through."
NETHERLANDS -- Tuesday October 29, 2013 starts as a normal working day for Arjan. He works as a mechanic for wind turbines and this day goes like many others, until something goes terribly wrong at 3 p.m. A fire breaks out in the turbine where Arjan is currently in with a colleague.
His parents don't know anything yet when they hear about the accident in a wind turbine on the news at 6 p.m. Alinda says: "we said to each other," as long as there is nothing wrong with Arjan. " In fact, I already felt then: this is wrong. We were worried and half an hour later my husband called the company where Arjan worked. Then it turned out that Arjan and his 19-year-old colleague Daan were involved in the accident. One of them had fallen out of the mill, but they did not know who. They had not yet found the other. " A nerve-racking evening follows and only around midnight do Alinda and her husband hear that their son has been found and has not survived the accident.
'We still don't know exactly how it could have happened,' says Alinda, 'but a fire broke out and the boys probably climbed up in panic. They were at an altitude of 80 meters and could not go anywhere. "
A skipper who at that time sailed past the burning windmill on the Mariadijk in Ooltgensplaat has taken photos of the two boys on top of the mill, who have been later given to their parents. Alinda: 'The photo shows that Arjan and Daan hugged each other. Arjan probably went back through the fire afterwards, and Daan fell off the mill. I don't really want to think about what they've experienced. "
Alinda lives in a daze until the funeral. Then she realizes how quiet it is in the house without Arjan. "He was a hard worker, but also a very sweet, cheerful boy. All of that is gone in one go. That he is no longer there hurts a lot. "
"In the beginning I sometimes thought:" I can't get out of bed today ". But we still have two sons who were 14 and 18 years old at the time. Of course they were also sad, but they also brought fun. And I also wanted to be there for Arjan's girlfriend with whom he had wedding plans. As a family we had a lot of support to each other and helped each other through it. I dare say that Arjan would have been proud of us. "
'I always had a positive attitude, and I received the power of God to remain myself. I miss my child very much, but I am not negative in life and I am grateful for that. Even though I would like to put aside that sad feeling or the pain that is always present. We also received a lot of support from the many conversations with Daan's parents. We did not know them, but we now have a very good relationship with them. They know like no other what it is like, we find a lot of recognition together. That is very special. "
"And I am happy that we have Arjan and Daan's photos on the turbine," Alinda continues. 'I didn't look at those photos right away, when you see them for the first time, that's terrible. It is horrible when you consider what must have been going through their their heads. But it is the last thing I have from Arjan. "
'My husband finds that much more difficult, he wonders: where was God when the accident happened? But I think: God was there. God stood on the other side to catch Arjan, and that comforts me. "
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