Originally Posted by -Dan-
You are forgetting one major thing here: Proportion.
99% of the population regularaly use a private car, in comparison, a minute ammount use boats recreationally (where the accidents we are talking about occour).
Whilst only a few people got killed in boats, only a few people use boats, and therefore it is evident that the boating death statistics are going to be significantly lower.
Not so!! there are 54 million car users in the UK (26million drivers) out of a population of 66 million and on average 3500 road deaths a year that makes it a 1:15428 chance of being killed
There are just over 1million members of water sport related clubs that means that there is a 1:40000 chance of being killed.
This 1 million does not include the 3 million fishermen some of whom go sea, the 1-2 million who cross the channel each year or the boat owners and their friends who are not club members.
The stats don’t support the perceived risk.
The reason there is so much interest in deaths and accidents at sea is that it is one of the Medias pet subjects, ever day 10 people die on our roads and 60 are seriously injured and this rarely makes the news, get one person drown and it is headline news.
Out of a given population a percentage are going to be idiots, no amount of training will make them safer and in some ways training might give them confidence to do something they are incapable of.
Reasonable people will know when they are not up to a task and will seek help or training. This is the current situation and I think, by and large, it works.
Any changes will result in legislation, cost and are still unlikely to make a difference. Licensing will not stop idiots at sea any more than it does on the roads
Each year the French shooting fraternity shoot about 20 of their own in hunting accident, the French minister responsible was asked by a UK journalist why he was not considering a ban. The ministers responded by saying ‘ if you go shooting you might get shot’ in other word if you take a risk this is one possible out come.
This seems remarkably balanced………………..for a Frenchman