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Huh? Oriskany death OK because 'he died doing what he loved'?

Greg W - AOW/Systems Admin
August 24, 2007 at 05:45:01

Hey, my kid loves to play with his toys. So is it OK if he dies at age 4 from Chinese lead poisoning because "he died doing what he loved"? Of course not.

You know what? I'm really getting angry reading news quotes from people who are obviously connected in some way with the scuba diving industry saying that it's OK when a diver dies because their death was "NOT SCUBA RELATED#$%" (when it obviously was) or because "THEY DIED DOING WHAT THEY LOVED#$%" (when they obviously did not love doing themselves in while scuba diving).

Yes, scuba diving is fun BUT drowning is not fun, a lung embolism is not fun and decompression sickness is not fun. And for most of us, the gift of life is infinitely more fulfilling than dive boats and compressed air and dying at age 22 or 39 or 55 while scuba diving.

Nobody wants to die scuba diving--PERIOD.  The notion (orchestrated by people on the selling side of the scuba equation) that a father-mother-son-daughter's death is perfectly acceptable because the victim died while they were participating in a fun-filled leisure activity is obscene.

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