Re: Re: Re: Tragic Accident

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Posted by Kendall Raine on September 20, 2006 at 15:04:49:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Tragic Accident posted by Nathan E. on September 20, 2006 at 14:07:49:

I understand and appreciate your point, Nathan. Common decency is never out of place.

But when is a good time to try and draw lessons? After all the facts are in? The problem is they rarely, if ever, are.

After a week? A month? A year? The last solo RB death in LA was about six weeks ago.

In the cave community accident analysis starts as soon as possible-usually coincident with the recovery-while memories are fresh and the fact of the incident it self has everyone focused. It is not deemed an act of disrespect to do so. It is viewed as just the opposite-trying to salvage the most good for the community from the loss of one of its members.

As I tried to point out to Elaine, no one is going to do this for us. Law enforcement is concerned with determination of crime. The coroner is concerned with the clinical cause of death. A determination of "drowning" won't do anyone any good. The USCG is a bystander except where the behavior of the captain and crew are concerned. The training agencies are looking after themselves.

We're alone here, guys. We either try and find a collective benefit from this situation or we let the fact of this man's death lose its capacity to benefit others. That would be an act of disrespect.

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