I don't know if anybody has noticed but I recently
tried to cut down on the number of accident articles posted in the news section
of the site. Scanning the news, there are so many and after a while they all
start to read the same. If I posted every one, it would look like everybody and
their brother is dying out there and the stats show that it just isn't true.
I do however post articles about tragedy if
it could be used for learning or teaching. If it just a death article, it's
probably going to be a no-go.
On that note, I recently was following a accident
that took place a couple weeks ago in Maine
where two paddlers went out and only one came home. It was interesting to read
because the survivor (Brandon Andrusic) was able to get to an island and spent
the night there before being able to summon help. The decision to stay on the
island for the night caused some controversy and there was some negative chatter
about his decisions.
Brandon recently wrote a letter into the Portland Press Herald telling his
version of the story. I posted a copy of it for you to read and learn from it.
It gives some interesting analysis into an accident that I know from first hand
experience, can go sour in less than three seconds.
Thanks for Leif for the link to the letter.
[Click "Read More" for the letter]