Someone put up a link to this some time ago. Seems to me like as soon as he popped up from that little drop a couple paddle strokes would have pulled him right out of that hole. Oh, wait...he didn't have a paddle.
I think he deserved a good working. Hold onto that thing, it's expensive and you're basically helpless without it.
But, yes, the safety effort that ensued was nearly as pathetic.
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy