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LesPalenik

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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2017, 11:42:47 PM »

The delegated photographer must have concentrated also too much on picture taking, instead of warning her how close she was to the cliff edge. Most likely, this won't be the last occurence of such a tragedy.

I wanted to point out that the photographer bears also some responsibility in these tragic situations to guide or warn the photographed person. Unfortunately, in most situations the shooter is seeing only the jumping person, not realizing how close she is from the cliff edge (especially when watching the scene on the small and poorly lit LCD screen).

In all likelihood, the girl started further from the cliff edge, but through subsequent jumping she might have come closer and closer to the edge. Sometimes even a bad landing may result in an unintended and fatal slide or roll off the cliff.

The picture below was taken at 100m-deep Barron Canyon in north eastern Ontario. This solitary tourist was careful in taking pictures down in the canyon (not visible in this shot), but still only a step away from the edge, standing on uneven surface and slightly off balance holding the camera in outstretched hand. So if he slipped or some raven (even a bumble bee or wasp) decided to bomb dive him, it could end up disastrously.

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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2017, 04:43:40 PM »

I was at Horseshoe Bend a couple of weeks ago and the craziness that goes on there is nerve racking.....this woman was also standing in that spot she is sitting while friends photographed her....people around me were shaking their heads and cringing.
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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2017, 05:45:40 PM »

When I was stationed in Iceland I used to visit the nearby cliffs.  I'm not afraid of heights but it was absolutely terrifying to be anywhere near the edge.  Not sure how she could jump up and down like that.  I had to crawl on my belly just to look over the edge.
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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2017, 04:36:49 PM »

Last year I fell  from a small mountain road ( a road, not a path...) because I was rewieving the photographs on the LCD of my camera and did not look where I was walking. The ligaments of the ankle and of the knee  were severely sprained. If I were fallen a few meters later  I would have probably  been dead. I am glad that in those moments the natural selection was distracted.
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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2017, 06:08:30 PM »

This afternoon as I was driving to the airport, I saw a driver just barely able to stop and miss hitting a young person crossing the street (a four lane street at that) against the light and looking at their phone instead of the light, road and where they were walking.

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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2017, 01:33:44 AM »

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Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent. In 2016 alone, more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America, the first time the country has passed that grim toll in a decade. Regulators, meanwhile, still have no good idea why crash-related deaths are spiking: People are driving longer distances but not tremendously so; total miles were up just 2.2 percent last year. Collectively, we seemed to be speeding and drinking a little more, but not much more than usual. Together, experts say these upticks donít explain the surge in road deaths.

There are however three big clues, and they donít rest along the highway. One, as you may have guessed, is the substantial increase in smartphone use by U.S. drivers as they drive. From 2014 to 2016, the share of Americans who owned an iPhone, Android phone, or something comparable rose from 75 percent to 81 percent.
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Perhaps more telling are the findings of Zendrive Inc., a San Francisco startup that analyzes smartphone data to help insurers of commercial fleets assess safety risks. In a study of 3 million people, it found drivers using their mobile phone during 88 percent of trips. The true number is probably even higher because Zendrive didnít capture instances when phones were mounted in a fixed positionóso-called hands free technology, which is also considered dangerous.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/smartphones-are-killing-americans-but-nobody-s-counting

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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2017, 06:13:26 AM »

Society can only do so much to protect people.

Society can not remove all risks.
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Re: Girl killed while posing at the Seven Sisters clifftop
« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2017, 09:55:11 AM »

I was at Horseshoe Bend a couple of weeks ago and the craziness that goes on there is nerve racking.....this woman was also standing in that spot she is sitting while friends photographed her....people around me were shaking their heads and cringing.

A few years ago I was at Horseshoe Bend with 2 photographer friends.  One of my friends stood one foot from the edge of the cliff to take photos.  The other friend and I were horrified, urged her to move back.  She said she was stable and not afraid of heights.  We countered she could have a seizure or faint unexpectedly and that would be the death of her.  In the end we grabbed her coat and wouldn't let go until she moved back from the edge.  This person is otherwise intelligent, grounded, reasonable and rational.  Fortunately, she did not win a Darwin award.
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