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Adventure at sea no place for children

April 8, 2014

Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost....

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Apr-12-14 11:15 AM

Those kids are safer on that boat with an "intact family" then they are in public schools (i.e. shooting and stabbings and bullying) and most if not all inner cities.

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Apr-10-14 7:22 PM

The Kaufman's are about the stupidest "parents" I have ever heard of. And there are a lot of contestants for that honor.

I've sailed the Great Lakes and most of the Caribbean. I finally stopped sailing because too many times I came too close to truly bad things happening.

To go out in the open ocean with two small children is the height of disregard for their well-being.

Once again proving, couples should have to get a license and complete 150 hours of training before they can be trusted to have children.


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Apr-10-14 5:08 PM

Holy smokes , I have to agree with GrandmaD twice in the same day. I was thinking the same thing . It crossed my mind ,what would they do if someone needed immediate attention such as a burst appendix? It may seem fun to do such a trip , but their are a lot of unforeseen risks that can come up where immediate help maybe a day or two away. I would feel really bad if I lost a child because I wasn't able to provide medical services that we take for granted on land.

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Apr-10-14 10:08 AM

I don't think their children should be taken away, but it was a most unwise decision to do what they did. As far as other means of transportation, airplanes usually get you to a destination in a reasonable amount of time. Trains have stops at several locations. Cars can usually stop at any location they choose to. All have the potential of something going wrong, of course, just as things can go wrong living in your own home.

What happened on that cruise ship was horrendous, but rare. Plus, a passenger cruise cannot set sail without a doctor(s) and nurses aboard, and there are many, many things for children to do.

This was a 36 foot sailboat, while safe to sail in, was confining and only housed the immediate family. Perhaps, it is rare, also, that something should go wrong in such situations, but it is, also, very rare that parents attempt to sail the high seas in a small sailboat with two little children aboard. I'm just happy that everything turned out okay.

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Apr-10-14 8:47 AM

The common sense thing - it never occurred to them that over the course of weeks, in a completely foreign situation, that their 1 year old may get sick or need something that a little boat or all the planning in the world wouldn't have? Wait 3 years and go nuts.

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Apr-10-14 4:25 AM

Of course there is no such thing as 100 percent safe. I meant "theoretically" 100 percent safe in order to make a point aside from the issue of safety. Also, I think that the interior of Alaska is a lot less confining than a small sailboat in the middle of the ocean. It's much easier to tell your kids to go out and play in the woods of Alaska than to go play (or swim) in the ocean. And, yes, if parents truly did keep their kids away from civilization and other children in the remote regions of Alaska for very long stretches of time, that would also border on child abuse.

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Apr-09-14 10:38 AM

There is no such thing as being 100% safe. Yes, you may take the precautionary actions to increase that percentage to near 100%, but you will never achieve being able to guaranteeing absolute safety. As for isolating the children from those of there own age: while it is true that this adventure would not allow them to interact with other children (until they reached a port/harbor), do parents who raise there children in interior of remote places like Alaska border the line of child abuse because there children are confined to the wilderness and away from civilization?

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Apr-09-14 6:54 AM

Even if it were 100 percent safe, the mere act of confining two children of that age to a such a small space and isolating them from other children their age for the length of time it would take to circumnavigate the globe borders on child abuse.

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Apr-08-14 1:31 PM

Would you be saying the same thing if they took the kids on an airplane to fly around the world? Or a train or car to tour the US? Anything can happen under any circumstances- planes crash, trains derail, cars collide, boats sink- yet people use those means of transportation every day. What about that cruise ship that lost power last year? I don't really think this was a smart idea, no. But I think even considering taking their kids away is a little harsh!

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