Originally Posted by Jammer
Perhaps you're right. Here are a few backflips for your enjoyment.
, the best reliable statistics show 40 fatalities a year. <snip>
There are 15 fatalities a year,<snip>
Now, if you look at hours spent in the activity, the analysis becomes more difficult and may very well lead to a different result, because people who scuba
dive typically don't spend as much time at it as cruisers spend cruising. But that leads to a discussion of what constitutes risk exposure, and the outcome of that discussion is not clear.
Assuming the fatality numbers are correct neither activity is something to be concerned about.
"Poisoning" has become the #1 accidental death cause (this study appears to include prescription meds & illegal drigs) at something like 50k. Autos are around 33k then it drops to falling, drowning (which part of that might be sailing/boating?) which are quite small causes.
It is not clear to me as we are now "focusing" on the opioid epidemic that we aren't combining prescription drugs & illegal drugs to what might have been only accidentally drinking of rat poison in the past.
Adding sailing or scuba to your activities probably doesn't add much to your total risk of death.
Different studies break things out differently - One list puts alcohol very high on the list. The only explanation I have for that is if one is drunk when one dies while driving, falling, scuba-ing or sailing they attribute the death to alcohol?
It is really hard to kill yourself with pure alcohol poisoning so they must be doing something. One thing for sure drinking probably makes everything more risky.
Interestingly the number one cause of ER visits is still toilet
accidents at like 140k ER visits a year - I am gonna stop pooping.
One thing for sure is that stats can definitely be manipulated to sell a story...