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Boating dangers NEW regulations to make boating safer have been passed by the Parks Committee. These rules fulfil a duty, but I see in them little to reduce the probability of more drownings of high spirited youngsters.

Who is to confirm that the 15-pluses can swim? Who is to confirm that accompanying adults can swim should their well behaved children grab at a stickleback and fall in? That sometimes means a dead adult as well.

Why do we we not insist that all minors wear their own life jackets? A kapok child's life jacket costs little and will last his childhood out.

Surely this provision is a parent's minimum duty, even if his child is a good swimmer.

Being able to swim is a positive danger to fully-dressed youngsters in boats. So often those who attempt to swim from their capsized craft drown in the attempt.

All small craft should be sufficiently buoyant to to support all occupants.

Dinghy Sailor, Birmingham 28 Birmingham Mail, July 9, 1960
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Date:Jul 23, 2012
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