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It’s been just over a month since two Eagle Scouts were electrocuted on a Texas lake along with the 11 year old boy they were teaching to sail catamarans.    It’s been just over a month since a boy was brutally killed by a prop strike while taking sailing lessons in Long Island.  And this morning, Channel 7 reports that an unresponsive 17-year old first-time sailing student was pulled from Lake Washington.

According to the 7 report, the student had ‘just waded into the water’ along with 6 or 7 others so instructors could observe their comfort level, and as instructors got ready to teach them how to put on PFDs, they noticed one student had disappeared.  “Four instructors” finally found him, estimating he was underwater for six minutes.  The boy had ‘a faint pulse’ after CPR from instructors and then EMT personnel, and he is in critical conditions as of late last night in a Washington hospital.

After pulling him from the water, they began CPR. When medics arrived, the boy had no pulse. After medics began giving the victim aid, he had a faint pulse by the time the ambulance left for Harborview hospital in Seattle.

Staff at Sail Sand Point said the incident was the first after training hundreds of kids each year how to be in and around the water, but that’s no excuse or justification for a problem that seems to have kicked into overdrive.  Is this a systemic failure for America’s system of teaching sailing, and if so, who will show leadership and try to come up with a way for kids to stop dying while learning to sail?

We say it’s time for US Sailing to step up and do something about it.  SSP is a US Sailing-accredited sailing school, and Centerport is an accredited US Yacht Club.  It’s our opinion that the governing body of sailing in the USA need to get off their asses and fix it.  If they don’t, their primary competition in the training game should use the opportunity to highlight US Sailing’s failure and introduce solutions themselves.

There is no reason for parents to worry that their kid might die from a beginning sailing lesson.  None.

Title shout.

 

csabi

August 29th, 2017

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