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.