Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Learning from tragedy

Two experienced kayakers have died in Howe Sound, northwest of Vancouver. I'm not keen on going into the wherewithalls - it's well covered in this newspaper report and others - and I'm sure all the forums will soon be well abuzz.

But once more we can learn from the tragic mistakes made, and work to make bloody sure that this isn't you or me in the same position. As always, it comes down to wearing the right gear for the sport and the occasion, and not dicking around with the weather.

People depend on us coming home at the end of the day.


Silbs said...

In med school we were taught that most people get what most people get. In kayaking we are taught that the most common cause of death on the water is hypothermia. Still, seemingly intelligent people continue to go out improperly dressed with the "it can't happen to me" attitude. Results, more sad losses of life and headlines we don't need.

Capt'n "O" Dark 30 said...

Well put Kiwi and Silbs.

DaveO said...

We must be on the same wavelength, I just posted on the same article. It continues to drive me nuts. When is comes to safety repeatablilty is the key. Cutting corners always bites you in the rear end. By the way, nice hat lady!