Safety should be prioritized

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


CANYONEERING is regarded by outdoorsman Ralph Pilapil as an extreme sport and despite that it’s created for thrill-seekers, safety is the priority for the activity.

Pilapil, who is now based in Dubai working as rescue supervisor in an oil and gas Company, said that what happened with canyoneering tour guide Aldrin Carba could have been prevented if he had strictly implemented the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) composed of helmet, personal floation device and proper gears.

Carba was a canyoneering tour guide, who went for a jump at the Kanloab River in Alegria reportedly without the use of PPE.

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Carba’s body was found stuck under a rock 29 hours after he was reported lost.

Pilapil is aware that the activity has gained popularity but expressed his concern about safety being implemented by the guides.

“Since last month, we have been advising some of them na kana ila gipang buhat is delikado kaayu kay mag guide sila ug perteng daghana and that the weather is not good nowadays,” said Pilapil.

According to Pilapil, the proper ratio of canyoneering is one guide to four guests.

Pilapil added that what happened should be a lesson for those wanting to seek
adventure to always ensure safety.

“Even if we are risk-takers, we need to have proper risk assessment,” said Pilapil.

Pilapil said that when they explored the area, they took time in assessing the risk and only brought visitors one year after.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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