Originally Posted by COUNT
Shit. That's re-diculous.
It's only ridiculous if the rafting company didn't do anything grossly negligent.
From one of the articles:
An attorney for the widow of Roger Freeman, who was killed during the trip, accused the outfitter of delaying the trial.
"The real issue," attorney Stephen Skinner said, "is should they have taken these D.C. office workers out in flood conditions."
The river was 10 feet higher than normal when the rafters went out and there was a flood warning in effect from the National Weather Service.
"Despite the fact that the river was too high, too fast, and too violent for commercial rafting, the Petitioners decided that it was safe to take the five-raft trip that day in violation of the West Virginia Whitewater Responsibility Act," according to Skinner's written argument.
As always, there is the issue of personal responsibility but if a rafting company takes out a bunch of rookies at flood stage that don't know any better who's at fault?