I sadly write this and loss of life is catastrophic always.
I grew up in and age where my father would tell me to do my “Due Diligence” and then offer me his knowledge and wisdom on whatever I was about to undertake and lastly tell me he wouldn’t be around forever and it was important I think ahead on my own.
For some reason and I hope it is just me getting old and it really isn’t happening, but I feel each generation is losing self reliance and expecting the world to totally guide them along safely. Cars hit the brake for you and soon will drive you. Everything you put in your mouth has been tested and prepared in advance. There is becoming a lesser and lesser degree of self-awareness IMO.
In an attempt to make everything without risk in some ways people are unaware of risk. Nowhere is it as apparent as watercrafts. Any kid with 5 minutes of training can run a jet ski it seems. I had a family member that bought a very powerful jet ski and she asked me who should be allowed to ride it? I told her first rule if it were mine would be read the book that came with it. Second rule is wearing a PFD. Third rule is go out into the cove behind her dock and jump off it and show her you can get back on. To her and their surprise a couple of her grown kids couldn’t get back on it.
This is a tragedy but the worst kind I can think of. One that was 100% avoidable.