Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Webelos Canoeing?
Re: Webelos Canoeing?
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 19:52:40 -0400
This very week we lost one of our COHs in a canoing accident.
He was a 60 year old adult male, in a canoe, a short distance from the shore
of a quiet lake. The canoe tipped over and it took him about 10-15 minutes
to make it to shore. He appears to have succumbed to a heart attack on or
shortly before reaching the shore. An emergency defibulator was used at the
scene and CPR was started and continued until he reached the hospital. He
was pronounced shortly after arrival at the ER.
If a presumably fit adult, presumably with a PFD, can die in
quiet, warm, water, how safe is a child in a canoe, on moving water, even
with a PFD? n.b. The G2SS also requires that any scout be a swimmer before
he goes into a canoe.
Gary Burkhardt wrote:
> From the Guide to Safe Scouting
> under Safety Afloat in bold lettering:
> 6. Skill Proficiency-
> For Cub Scouts: Canoeing and rafting for Cub Scouts
> (including Webelos Scouts) is to be limited to council/district
> events on flat water ponds or controlled lake areas free of
> powerboats and sailboats.
> 7. Planing
> For Cub Scouts: Cub Scout canoeing and rafting does not
> include "trips" or "expeditions" and is not to be conducted
> on running water (i.e., rivers or streams)
> Gary Burkhardt
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