Watch the Boat Propeller
- An obvious danger to this sport is the participant's proximity to the boat propeller, which raises concern in itself. But the silent danger comes in as this is the area of the boat that is filled with potentially deadly carbon monoxide, which is tasteless and odorless, and more and more people are dying as a result on inhaling the fumes. And to add to the problem, teak surfing participants rarely wear life preservers because they can be uncomfortable and even inhibit one's ability to surf a wake. Add all of those elements together and you can see how easily someone could drown.
- According to the Naval Safety Center, "The symptoms of CO poisoning may include severe headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, fainting, and death. Low levels can cause shortness of breath, mild nausea, and a mild headache. Low levels are more dangerous in the boating environment because they can lead to drowning. Carbon-monoxide poisoning may not be suspected immediately because the symptoms are similar to those of people with the flu, food poisoning, or other illnesses. If you suspect CO poisoning, immediately get the victim to fresh air and seek medical care."
"Many victims who survive have permanent brain damage. Anyone in the water without a PFD who is rendered unconscious will drown immediately." states the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection web site. View a graphic rendering of someone teak surfing.
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