The event mentioned by the author is unfortunate, we should ensure to comply with the safety rules put in place, no point in blaming others or the situation which led to the disaster.
How is a boat without life-jackets on board, allowed to ferry people? Why is there no surprise inspections carried out by the licensing authorities, to ensure that all safety measures are in place? How was a permit given for the boat to ferry passengers? There has to be a method in place that carries out checks.
Also, the point where the people embarked would have been under a governing body. How did they allow a commercial business that flouted safety rules to carry on?
The papers state that the boatman was new and unfamiliar with the river and did not know it was shallow in that stretch. The boat capsized after getting stuck in silt.
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These will happen again and again and we cannot change it overnight. But what we can do is stand up against it and speak out. I'm sure of the 45 at least some would have felt uneasy and complained against overcrowding and no life jacket. Earlier this year, we were on an early morning river safari ride with everything provided and the correct number of people after 5-10 minutes we had a dense fog, on enquiring the driver said it's nothing much.Two of us raised our voices and said nothing doing, turn back. As he was hesitating, the entire group of 14 unrelated people said. Don't argue, turn the boat back. After three unpleasant phone calls to the manager, one of us spoke, cancel this ride arrange for a refund, they yielded to our request.
But the solution is not very easy to implement. However, strong political will and nationalistic feeling can do wonders.
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