from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Or get a life-saver, say like the one on the left. In any case, the government is here to protect us, at our cost and whether we need it or not. Whenever we are ‘blessed’ with yet another report showing the dangers of living, hide your valets.
“Over the past decade, 735 people died while swimming in rivers, creeks and streams, with 46 per cent of those incidents occurring in regional or remote areas. Released on Wednesday,the Royal Lifesaving Society’s Drowning Deaths in Australian Rivers report reveals that nearly 40 per cent of those incidents involved alcohol.”
Simple – ban the rivers, creeks and streams. Since over 60% of victims dies stone sober, the ban on alcohol may be counter productive. If not a ban, more warning signs always make politicians feel good.
“Of that 40 per cent, more than two thirds involved people with a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.05, which is the legal driving limit.”
I wonder how many drowning deaths there were when the limit was 0.08.
Royal Life Saving chief Justin Scarr told AAP that people underestimate the danger of entering these remote waterways.”
That is unfortunately the truth. Children wrapped in protective cotton-wool since the birth, raised in the litigation swamp of the mostly idiotic safety regulations can not see the danger until it hits them in the head, or, in this case, pulls them under. Many of those deaths would be a logical consequence of our over-protective society.
“The report also revealed that 80 per cent of those who died in creeks and rivers were male, while a quarter of all drownings were people aged 25 to 44 years old.”
Women are seriously under-represented, so will Gillard and her coven scream discrimination and misogyny?
Mr Scarr said people need to shift their thinking when undertaking activities in remote areas. Though there is knowledge of beach safety, less is known about preventing drownings in rivers the study says. ‘It’s high time that people treated rivers with the same respect they have learned to show when recreating at the beach.’
I am not suggesting that the Royal Lifesaving Society produced the report for venal reasons, though there undoubtedly will be some questioning how much of the taxpayers money will the morally blackmailed governments have to fork out for the ‘education’. Yet, one wonders – how could the mankind survive for so long?