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Re: Missing sailor on the Chester River
What is the problem that we're trying to address?
Non-use of PFDs? Reckless creation of large wakes? I don't even understand the wallythacker's statement. There's so much BS and self-induced hand-wringing in this thread.
- Water related deaths in Maryland are very high this year already, compared to previous year.
-BUT- there is no context. Has the number of boats on the water increased substantially? Decreased? Remained the same? Without this data, the "increase" in water/boating deaths is meaningless.
Example: The number of motorcycle deaths increased by number one year. There was much concern over this. Then, it was discovered that the motorcycle riding population had experienced high growth due to good economic conditions, so the PERCENTAGE of motorcycle deaths actually had decreased that year.
Next, let's break out the number of log canoe racing deaths.
- Of the boating population, the number of log canoes represents a tiny, tiny fraction so it's a safe assumption that no data has been collected on log canoe deaths.
- However, the log canoes race every year on the Chesapeake in numerous races and they've been racing for DECADES.
- Even within the tiny community of log canoe racing, the number of deaths related to log canoe racing is infinitesimal. This recent incident is the only mention of any fatality or injury that I can find, anywhere.
So let me see if I understand what some of you are barking about- You want some kind of regulation (mandatory PFD use, helmets, etc) of an extremely small, esoteric sport that has one recorded death or injury over DECADES of events? AND, you want that regulation when you don't even have any facts from an official investigation, without an official cause of death? We don't know if she died from drowning after being knocked unconscious from a spar impact, drowning from tangling in rigging, suffering a myocardial infarction from stress or any other thing.
This thread is full of cries for regulation without facts, and sanctimonious "tsk tsk-ing" and teeth sucking noises about alcohol, PFD use, helmet use, tether use. Straw man arguments comparing functional adult's choices vs. laws for minor children who obviously cannot make informed decisions for themselves. It simply boggles the mind. I broke the handle off of my shovel digging through the fecal matter in this thread.
Get a grip. A zero tolerance attitude towards "safety" is not rational, nor practical. People die. Sometimes people die even when all *reasonable* precautions have been taken. Sometimes those people are innocent children. Sometimes those people are beautiful, young women. Children and beautiful people make the loss seem worse. It's going to happen and no amount of legislation or "safety" will stop it.
You folks are all welcome to wrap yourself in bubblewrap and sit on your sofa if you like, but let the rest of us go out and live our lives without interference from crying mothers and congresspeople. I'd rather die tangled in log canoe rigging than sitting in front of my computer, barking at people for drinking or not wearing their PFD.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168