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Old 09 October 2014, 12:54   #1
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infltable boats are not safe mmmm ???

Man drowned on Bala lake after inflatable boat was hit by wave and overturned - Daily Post What a load of crap, if they had life jackets on the maybe just maybe they would of been in with a shout, but that was there choice.
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Old 09 October 2014, 13:31   #2
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And the article is accompanied by a photo showing Police officers in ...........an inflatable boat
The issue is - as on so many occasions - the failure to wear lifejackets.
Best not tell the coroner about the RNLI D class.......

That said are we talking about a proper inflatable or a toy?
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Old 09 October 2014, 13:34   #3
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There is someone who has no idea how to help others

“I grabbed my son and pushed the boat back to Paul. He was trying to get back but couldn’t. I told him to calm down and use the boat as a float. He was going under in a panic. I swam to shore with my son with the boat.”

I read it as he abandoned the guy

Seems the inflatable boat was also a pool toy being paddled about.



What is the orange rotomolded boat? I want one!
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The whole story sounds suspect IMHO. No power boats on Bala at all, little wind and its not a big lake so very little fetch. Where would a wave big enough to capsize them come from ?

I agree with Peter C, sounds like a pool toy like those Seahawks on Ebay, but even so, they are very difficult to capsize with 4 people sat on the floor.
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There is someone who has no idea how to help others

“I grabbed my son and pushed the boat back to Paul. He was trying to get back but couldn’t. I told him to calm down and use the boat as a float. He was going under in a panic. I swam to shore with my son with the boat.”

I read it as he abandoned the guy

Seems the inflatable boat was also a pool toy being paddled about.



What is the orange rotomolded boat? I want one!
Yep I agree , looks like the disabled guy was left to his own fate by the sound of it.
Mr wainwright was reluctant to give evidence... yeh!! I bet he was.
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What is the orange rotomolded boat? I want one!
Looks like one of the Rigiflex range:
Rigiflex Boats UK - Rigiflex Range
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Sounds like it was an inflatable rubber dingy rather than a SIB?
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Sounds like it was an inflatable rubber dingy rather than a SIB?
Raft would probably be a better description, or pool toy. Dingy infers it is an actual boat.
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No excuse for not putting safety first, I must admit we do look a little ridiculous & sometimes it's a little OTT on calm water but I'd hate to be another statistic wishing if only!
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If you go to the bottom of the page which comes up on the link, there's more on the story. It appears that it was actually an inflatable kayak they were out on, which explains the capsize.
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