Is it possible to nominate more then one person the Darwin Award for 2012 ?
How about 41 or so.
Having a barbecue on a sandbar off Shinnecock Inlet on Long Island didn’t appear to be dangerous, that is until the tide came in. Southampton police, assisted by dozens of other public safety organizations, rescued all of the stranded people.
Several, who attempted to swim to safety on their own were saved by private boaters. they were later charged with swimming in a prohibited area. One person was hospitalized as a precaution. The incident has authorities advising barbecuers to be sure to hold your functions on dry ground.
The add'l were details were, as reported in the local rag - Newsday:
1) Three swimmers was found swimming inside the Shinnieock Inlet. Another was swept out of the inlet and was found by the Coast Guard 200 yards off-shore.
2) It was 8:40PM, so night around here this time of year.
3) The sandbar is underwater at high tide.
4) They were dropped off by "a boat". That left. Not 2 boats of 3, but 1. For 41 people, 4 in the water plus the 37 rescued on the disappearing sandbar.
My guess, they were all under that age of 25.