Originally Posted by Nos4r2
It's a kneejerk reaction.
I'd far rather it wasn't there though.
Believe it or not Nos.......i actually agree with you.
I "switched off" to this and similar threads some time ago now as quite frankly some of the replies were just getting silly.
Lets be honest here....as much as i agree with the drive to get people to wear their KC's, how often does this type of accident occur?
As tragic as the Padstow incident was, thankfully, its a very rare occurence.
I couldnt find accurate leisure boating statistics in the UK but over the pond, each year the USCG produce a very useful breakdown of accidents showing type of incident and casualty numbers.
I appreciate it refers to the US and should be taken only as a rough guide but here are a few of the more interesting statistics.
saw a total of 651 fatalaties and only one of those was caused by a prop strike. Two were as a result of being struck by a vessel. These figures are somewhat ambiguous as it could for example refer to a boat (or boats) speeding through a swimming only zone. (incidentally, this is only 0.15% of deaths caused by prop strikes)
saw 758 reported deaths with 5 being caused by prop strikes and 3 as a result of a vessel strike. (0.6% of deaths resulted from prop strikes)
saw 672 deaths with one as a result of prop strikes and nil by vessel strikes. (0.14%)
Intrestingly, in 2012, more people lost their lives as a result of electrocution (2) and from slipping/falling whilst aboard (4) than by prop/vessel strikes.
As i said, these are US figures but based on the amout of people who take to the water over there, i would be surprised if the UK figures were any higher.
Perhaps its time for people to start putting the Padstow accident into perspective?