Risk

Freezing and alone, three-hundred miles at sea in the dark, rescue swimmer Mike Odom lashes his arms to his life raft. He knows he’ll be dead soon and wants us to find his body – If he gets thrown out again we’ll never find him. The three sailors that he put in the back of […]

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You’ve been sailing for years and planning this next trip for months. You’ve created the perfect sail plan, stocked the galley, the weather is shaping up perfectly and the boat has been checked and rechecked. She’s ready. You’re ready. You cast off the lines – outbound for wherever – confident that you have thought of […]

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Dangerous Distance

by Mario on May 31, 2013

in Boating Safety,Risk

Boating is about getting away from it all, but if you don’t consider all of the things you are getting away from – like hospitals – you can wish you were back in civilization pretty quick.  In a post at Yachting, I wrote that “a safe boater fully understands and considers the hazards, and makes decisions about […]

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Since writing about the tragic death of Avishek Sengupta at a Tough Mudder in West Virginia, I have received dozens of emails and comments regarding the event. Some have agreed with my opinions, and some have not. But there is a way that we can all be more sure of what happened that day. A […]

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(If you were there – please help:  A Call for Videos) A recent article by Andrew Metcalf at Patch includes witnesses describing the rescue efforts (or lack of rescue efforts) after Sengupta’s friends reported that he did not surface from the jump.  Nicholas Sayers was at the Walk The Plank obstacle watching his sister participate in the […]

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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 […]

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Translations: – English –  汉语 - tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano -  Français – Português – română – Deutsch– Suomi – Svenska -  Čeština – Русско -Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Az új kapitány ruhástul a vízbe vetette magát a fedélzetről és teljes sebességgel úszni kezdett. A volt vízimentő, szemét mindvégig az áldozaton tartva, egyenesen a lehorgonyzott vitorlás és a strand között úszkáló tulajdonos pár felé tartott. “Szerintem azt hiszi, fuldoklasz” mondta a férj a feleségének. Egymást fröcskölték a […]

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Swim at Your Own Risk

by Mario on July 6, 2012

in NDPA,Risk,Water Safety

My good friend Vincent Daniello was spending the day with his family at the beach in Ogunquit, Maine.  It should have been a fun time in the sun and surf, but Vince was finding it very hard to cool off.  Being a conscientious dad, he doesn’t swim at unguarded beaches – especially with his kids […]

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Hotel employees trained in CPR helped a father revive his drowned son. Keeping a constant watch and staying in arms reach of his small child would have been a better plan, though I think he just learned that the hard way. Stay within arms reach of your small children whenever they play in the water. […]

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The 2012 GAP Attention Survey

Distracted LIfeguard

by Mario on April 1, 2012

in Risk,Water Safety

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 one thing about data I have come to love, it’s that it is an awesome tool in the changing of […]

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