The Unaccounted-For Variables: Where Tough Mudder Failed

By |April 23rd, 2013|

I was saddened to hear of the death this past Sunday of twenty-eight-year old Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia. Saddened, but not at all surprised. Tough Mudder is one of those pay-to-play obstacle challenges that allow anyone with an entry fee and the willingness to sign a waiver the chance to do things usually reserved for elite military combat professionals. Perhaps that’s why injury and even death at such events is sad but not surprising. The training done by elite military combat professionals involves a lot more than setting up an obstacle course and sending the troops in. They go through months of build up and monitoring, the training is extremely well supervised, and their emergency response plans are well-thought-out, practiced, and proven. By comparison, an event like Tough Mudder is a free-for-all. Here is why: […]

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Ο πνιγμός δε μοιάζει με πνιγμό

By |July 22nd, 2012|

Translations: - Norsk 汉语 - tiếng Việt - Español - Italiano -  Français - Magyar -  Português - română - Deutsch - Suomi - Svenska -  Čeština - Русско -Íslenska - Nederlands - Audio Version Ο καινούριος καπετάνιος πήδηξε από το κατάστρωμα με τα ρούχα και άρχισε να κολυμπάει με ταχύτητα. Πρώην ναυαγοσώστης, κρατούσε τα μάτια του πάνω στο θύμα καθώς κατευθυνόταν προς το ζευγάρι που [...]

The 2012 GAP Attention Survey

By |April 1st, 2012|

I have a confession:  I'm not a big fan of data.  It leaves too much information out, allows too many assumptions in, and it seems to provide more questions than answers.  But if there is [...]

Boy Brought Back After Drowning

By |August 9th, 2011|

Francesco Pia, PhD. Discusses the Instinctive Drowning Response using one of his examples from Orchard Beach in NY. And now for the happy ending:

Video of Instinctive Drowning Response

By |July 28th, 2011|

Cecily Tynan’s Report on Childhood Drowning Prevention

By |July 1st, 2011|

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

By |May 18th, 2010|

So if a crew member falls overboard and every looks O.K. - don't be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don't look like they're drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them: "Are you alright?" If they can answer at all - they probably are. If they return a blank stare - you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.