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Old 08-27-2014   #1
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Casper Whitewater Park Removal

Did not hear about the death, I remember one in Missouri? that got closed down because of swimmers having issues:

Casper threatened with whitewater lawsuit after boy dies in river

Don't think anyone wins on this one, but seems like human changes in the river are getting more and more attention, and not usually good.

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Old 08-27-2014   #2
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While this is a tragedy, I really don't think that removing the whitewater park is the right step. Personally, I think that river education is something that should be more prevalent. People love spending time on rivers, whether it be a class 1 tube float or class 5 gnar, but no matter what, hazards always exist. People neglect to see this and pay for it. Whitewater parks are incredibly beneficial in a number of ways but when people use them unsafely, as with anything else, they're bound to get hurt.

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This Guy failed to realize that rivers are full of hazards, man-made and natural. Education about these hazzards is key, and the only real option to prevent these tragedies, as no matter how many obstructions are removed from the river, it will never be "safe".
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Old 08-27-2014   #4
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Er, he also threatened to rip the whitewater park out while surrounded by armed guards to keep the police at bay. I wouldn't start the hand-wringing just yet.
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Old 08-27-2014   #5
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Let them freak out a little. It's okay. Remember, they are in a grieving process. You and I both know the river is no more dangerous than it ever was, and if the risk was that great, then the parents should have made the decision to play there. They have a lot more emotional connection to this situation than any of us have.
We just had a family of 4 drown in a lake close to my house. Pretty sad to hear about any preventable drownings. I know some of the divers that were out there searching for a 13, 25, and 42 year old. The 3 year old was discovered Monday. No pfds, but loaner pfds were available to them at the picnic area they were at. Could not imagine having to go through any of that.
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Old 08-27-2014   #6
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It occurs to me that some basic signs around white water parks that mention common dangers such as reversals and foot entrapment as well as rope hazards and safety equipment would be a worthwhile expense.

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Old 08-28-2014   #7
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I totally agree about mandatory signage at all river parks, including one that says it is required to wear a pfd anytime entering the water.
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Old 08-28-2014   #8
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I totally agree about mandatory signage at all river parks, including one that says it is required to wear a pfd anytime entering the water.
And some level of enforcement, even if local authorities are only able to be there occasionally, to make people think its real.
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Originally Posted by Learch View Post
...We just had a family of 4 drown in a lake close to my house...
And I don't imagine they plan on draining that lake just because of the incident...

I am all for making improvements to try and make things safer, but eliminating things altogether is going way overboard. If we did that every time we had an incident, there would be no water left!
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Old 08-28-2014   #10
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Casper whitewater park has signage. education is the issue. i've been there several times on travels, and i've rarely seen a pfd on anyone, despite (seemingly) common swims through the park. for a state that is fanatical about personal responsibility, i find this response wildly hypocritical.

Wyoming has an issue with water safety. A Fish and Game ranger told me (while handing out tickets for no pfds on children) that more people die in Wyoming on the water than while hunting.

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