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Sadly, lots of uneducated people, who have never had the financial fortune to take a NOLS or Outward Bound course & who don't understand the danger involved in rivers or the wilderness. I know poor or working class families who think it's perfectly safe to tube the river. They are good people who love their children. They are not stupid...just undereducated. They just didn't understand how deadly it could be (I politely explained how dangerous it was). I truly believe if people understood the dangers, most would wear a PFD or not go. I certainly understand your frustration...it's upsetting & not a good situation for you or your child. But it was great of you to rescue them. Hopefully despite the language barrier, they noticed you were wearing PFDs & perhaps that you were in a sturdy raft?
I don't think we should berate people who make foolish choices...I am certain the stepfather who took the boy rafting is beside himself with grief and doesn't need us to beat him up.
My heart breaks for the family members who were not there (like his mother), middle school friends, cousins, aunts, grandparents...they must be devastated beyond description. My heart also goes out to the family of the SUPer, who may have children, who never expected or wanted their father to die. From what I understand from witnesses (& I could be wrong), despite what the paper said, he WAS wearing a PFD. Accidents happen to the best prepared people with great skills & it's ok to pray for their families. No child deserves to lose a sibling (as the Glenwood girl did) or to lose a parent.
I'd like to do something positive, like ask the county to post signs warning people about the dangers of tubing or floating, with or without PFDs? They might also have an internet link to information about deaths due to river ignorance? Perhaps that would save a life. I for one will write agencies for improved signage. I am sure many will ignore the warnings but if their were internet links, everyone who has a smart phone could access them & perhaps a few less fools would take such dangerous risks.