Originally Posted by roycruse
The fact is - there are no such things as accidents - only carelessness and recklessness.
Anything that can be done to reduce the amount of carelessness and recklessness in boating in general is OK by me - and I just hope that sufficient is done to reduce recklessness and carelessness before I personally become the victim of it.
It could just have easily been a family aboard an anchored boat sleeping that they hit and several more people could have died.
TECHNICALLY you may be right - in practice????
So many examples these days of the blame culture.
For example - you nod off at the wheel - suddenly jerk awake and find you have hit a post or barrier - what do you get? A nasty fright and maybe a dent. On the other hand you miss the barrier- go down an embankment - one train is early - another is late - you end up on the track - people are killed - you go to prison.
The actions are exactly the same!!!
Another scenario - you open manhole in your own back garden - you forget and go inside to answer the phone - come out and carry on working. If lady luck is NOT on your side though a 2yr old has wandered off and fallen down the hole and died - do you REALLY deserve to go to prison???
ALWAYS put yourself in the other persons shoes - I think it is often a case of "there but for the grace of God go I"!!!