According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) 6% of fatal drowning accidents abroad can be attributed to the ignorance or disregard of the risks of taking part in water sports. This often involves young men aged between 18 and 30 years old.
With summer just around the corner, many winter-weary people are starting to look forward to their annual summer holiday. Unfortunately, too many holidaymakers forget to pack their natural sense of safety, and leave themselves vulnerable to potentially dangerous accidents that risk not only their holiday, but also their life.
When holiday excitement takes over, some holidaymakers engage in activities that they would not dream of taking part in at home. Water sports such as paragliding, jet-skiing, kite-surfing and being towed on a giant inflatable banana, are just some of the exploits holiday adrenalin junkies are queuing up for.
The problem is that the operator hiring out the equipment might never before have heard the words ‘health’ and ‘safety’ in the same sentence. One-man operators in particular are bad news. It is impossible for one person to keep an eye on participants, talk to potential customers, take the money, and check that all the safety equipment is in good working order.
An idyllic holiday can be wiped out in a matter of minutes due to shoddy lifejackets, faulty harnesses and frayed tow-ropes. Top holiday accident compensation claims law firm: Accident Advice Helpline, knows that it only takes one dodgy operator to change lives for good. A representative of the law firm commented,
“We deal with so many compensation claims following tragic accidents that have happened on holiday abroad. People really do let their guard down with regard to their own safety, and assume that foreign operators have to follow the same rigid safety guidelines as we do in the UK.”
He went on to say, “Unfortunately the victims are very often young people, some of them on their first holiday without parents, who are just trying to get the most out of their new-found independence.”
RoSPA reports that one of the problems is that there is no common European legislation to control the operation of water sports. Each European country has its own safety legislation, but this is sometimes only enforced following an accident.
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Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown