Normally I'd a avoid an open discussion of these reports, but in this case there were no fatalities, the instructor is not named and company has ceased trading. So I'm up for an open and frank discussion of this.Girls National School, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 arrived at the Neptune Outdoor Centre in Clogherhead for a day’s adventure sports. The group consisted of 27 girls from sixth class and one teacher. One group of 7 girls were taken out in kayaks by one instructor. In the rough conditions, all the kayaks capsized and the combined effect of the wind and remainder of the ebb tide was to carry the kayaks and their occupants away from the shore out to sea. The group was subsequently rescued by the RNLI, brought ashore to Port Oriel Harbour, where they were transferred by ambulance to Our Lady’s Hospital, Drogheda for assessment. A seventh girl, who had become separated from the group managed, with some difficulty, to make her own way ashore. There were no injuries, fatalities or pollution associated with this incident. All times are quoted as local time.
The most disturbing part:
I'm amazed that this doesn't equate to criminal negligence. When will NGO's, the Dail and Senate get their shit together and legislate? About 10 years ago legislation was drafted, but it was pretty wide ranging and didn't have a hope of being passed. Since then there has been no action.4.6 At this stage, the instructor was asked if there were any missing from his group. He appeared confused, but said that he thought they had all been picked up. The lifeboat crew made contact with the centre ashore who also appeared confused about the total number of people in the group.
4.7 Another member of the lifeboat crew was observing from the lifeboat station ashore with binoculars. He spotted something in the water approximately 1km south-east of the others and relayed this information to the lifeboat. The lifeboat immediately followed his directions and found a seventh person in the water no longer with her kayak.
The simple fact of it is this. Without laws to regulate adventure and outdoor sports, established for profit companies are going to continue to hire unqualified instructors, not maintain safe instructor ratios and fail to equip or plan for emergencies. This is a numbers game and at some point in the future a kid will die. I guess the NGO's, Dail and Senate will be interested then, but don't for one second believe them if they claim they didn't know.