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Old 23-05-2008, 18:16   #1
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There's an interesting item in "The Checkup" in today's Washington Post regarding canoers, kayakers and rafters who imbibe while pursuing their sport.

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"Boating? Skip the Booze

"If your Memorial Day plans include time on the water in your canoe, kayak or raft -- and I hope they do! -- you might want to leave the cooler at home.

"A study in last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that of 38 people who died while canoeing, kayaking, or rafting in Maine in 2006, fewer than a third were wearing life jackets, and 5 had blood alcohol levels that exceeded the legal limit for driving or boating.

"Twenty-three of the deaths were by drowning after capsizing; 8 people died after falling overboard.

"And, for the record, 92 percent of those who died were guys."

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Excellent point, David! If some drunken fool capsizes and drowns while paddling across the gene pool, perhaps the entire human race benefits.

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Most boating related deaths in the US are related to booze. I don't remember the % but it is high.

Another interesting tidbit is that most recoveries of bodies from crew overboard situations are males with their fly open. Whizzing over the side has a definite down side.

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