Boat Tragedy

Fatal boat ride at amusement park
On Wednesday (Jan 16), two, loaded motorised boats collided at Queenslands Amusement park, Poonamallee ,Chennai. The two boats turned turtle throwing the occupants into the water. All but a 11 year old girl were rescued…

If the Savera Hotel party deaths cast a pall of gloom over the New Year in Chennai, the death of a 11-year old girl in an amusement park when the crowded boat capsized during Pongal (the agri fest) is a rude awakening that we still have a long way to go as far as rescue services are concerned. Especially in private establishments.

By safety measures I don’t mean merely making sure that there are a maximum x number of people per boat . Even if one were to suspect that the boat was over crowded, or that the boats collided because one or the other boatman made an error of judgement, it is galling to think that first aid was not rendered in time.

Parents too could think of giving a crowded boat a miss and waiting their turn for the next boat.( Yes, I know that might mean a delay of a hour or more.)
What could be the cause for such mishaps–lack of training? Awareness? Sheer impatience?
Whatever it is, so far this year has begun tragically. Hopefully, health and safety measures will take the prime spot it deserves among entities.

6 Comments so far

  1. sriram (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    This happens usually in most of the amusement parks but many never gets reported..This can be prevented only by strict enforcement of laws especially for amusement parks and towards their saftey measures…Even after that incident many would be folking the amusement parks and still the condition would be the same…People should stop going to these amusement parks atleast for some time so the park authorities will make suitable arrangements.

  2. (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 10:43 am

    Like the ISO certifications , each and every parks need to give the ratings of the level of scurity ,, so that public can have the option of choosing the secure parks , this will indirectely makes the parks to maintain the saftey standards

  3. Guru (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    Yet another incident at an amusement park, similar to the one that happened at the MGM theme park sometime back. And i think MGM is ISO certified. Right ? Certification does not mean a thing. The administration should be dedicated to the safety of its visitors, and take the necessary safety measures.

    Very unfortunate incident..

  4. John (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

    This year has been started with lots of tragedies, the under current thing we have to educate our people about common things and how to or not to behave in crowds.
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  5. Venkat (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 10:38 am

    Even I remember that MGM incident…And now that thought comes back to haunt at another park…People go there to enjoy and rather come back after a tragedy…Not only the affected family but everyone out there would have felt bad for what has happened…Rather strict vigilance should be enforced and actions should be taken to make sure that people are safe and no more tragedies occur…
    It is said that the security there at the pawas not upto the mark…There should be some sort of commission formed that look into the the safety factor of such theme parks…Wake Up Authorities!!!

  6. gurunathan (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

    May be the real thing to be looked into is – how far the hotel / amusement park management is ready to spend in terms of appointing proper security services… if they pay peanuts they get only monkeys. Afterall its money-making business and who knows what they care abt the safety of the people who come to pay & enjoy at their place. May be, in their ads, the need to mention and be open as to what kinda lifeguard services they are providing and how safe is the enjoyment out there at their place. Namesake security is of no use.

    If this ‘boat’ team happens to be contractors, the management might give a step-mother treatment in terms of allocating its own security services to the contracted party if not included in the contract terms. e.g. Most of the cheap beach resorts wash off their hands when questioned about why a resort staff is not a part of the crew for the catamaran rides, which are available through their resorts.

    I’m NOT supporting anyone here but looks like, more than lack of training, awareness and sheer impatience, its the attitude of the service provider which matters a lot.

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