No. This. Is. Not. Funny.

Really, it isn’t:

ORLEANS — A man has drowned during lifeguard tryouts in a Cape Cod lake.
The Cape Cod Times reports the man slipped beneath the surface of Pilgrim Lake just before 9 a.m. Saturday.
Rescue crews brought him to shore about a half an hour later and tried to resuscitate him. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police haven’t yet released the man’s age or identity.
Police say the man was taking part in annual lifeguard fitness tests for summer lifeguard positions at Nauset Beach.

Guess he didn’t pass then.

17 thoughts on “No. This. Is. Not. Funny.”

  1. “Guess he didn’t pass then.”

    I’d say neither did anyone else there.

    And there’s a whole lot of people who need to update their resumes.

  2. Mmmm…
    Wonder how long he was in the water for?
    It’s very easy to get hypothermia, swimming in lakes. It’s not like it’s the sea, with wave action to mix the water. Early season, the top warms quickly. Deeper & it can be cold as mid-winter & the right wind conditions can bring that close to freezing water almost to the surface. Add to that, the swimmer having less buoyancy in fresh water than might be expected in salt….

  3. temeprature difference can cause real problems with lakes, Harrison lake near vamcouver has been the site of over 50 deaths

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    David Moore – “if you can’t laugh at death, what can you laugh at?”

    We are not laughing at death. We are laughing at stupidity. However the problem with the media is that we are not laughing with friends down in the pub. We are, literally, laughing in front of his mother. Or if not literally, at least where his mother can trivially find this comment.

    How funny is it to laugh at someone’s death with their friends and family looking on? (Yeah but it was funny)

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    JuliaM – “what would a grieving mother be doing trawling the net anyway?”

    How many years should pass before you wouldn’t want a joke of yours to come at the top of any google search his mother did?

    She might not ever google for her son. On the other hand someone may draw it to her attention. On the third hand, it is probably most likely that it will never happen. How would you feel if it did?

  6. How many years should pass before you wouldn’t want a joke of yours to come at the top of any google search his mother did?

    We’re just lucky neither Tim, nor the news article, mentioned the guy’s name, then.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Surreptitious Evil – “We’re just lucky neither Tim, nor the news article, mentioned the guy’s name, then.”

    I don’t think you can be paranoid enough about the internet. TW certainly gave enough information for someone to find his name in a click or two. Once something is posted, you no longer have control over what happens to it. Suppose it went viral? Then it would both top google and have his name attached pretty soon.

    We think of the internet and especially blogs as being like the pub – private conversations among friends. But we are really speaking to employers, future and present, lawyers, the police, historians, who knows? perhaps one day little green men from outer space.

    But paranoid is not stupid. Or should not be. I do not doubt that his mother will never read this.

  8. We think of the internet and especially blogs as being like the pub – private conversations among friends.

    You might. I don’t.

    Which is probably a good thing considering it is the day job (and the green job, and the couple of other jobs too.)

  9. Never volunteer to be the victim in an exercise. The damage some enthusiasts can do… Getting dropped off the stretcher is the least of it.

  10. Did you see that some dim broad got taken by a salty at the Daintree yesterday? The local MP said something to the effect that you can’t legislate to ban stupidity. A little of the old Australia there.

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