Boomers cover up the risks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Pe­ter Hall

BABY boomers of­ten lie about their health and fit­ness be­cause they don’t want to miss out on a Great Bar­rier Reef ex­pe­ri­ence, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives say.

As­so­ci­a­tion of Ma­rine Park Tourism Op­er­a­tors spokesman, Col McKenzie, told

the hor­ror run of deaths was due to an age­ing de­mo­graphic that was not get­ting any less ad­ven­tur­ous.

Mr McKenzie said that while changes needed to be con­sid­ered to help im­prove safety, the in­dus­try should be wary not over­re­act.

The vic­tims were in a sim­i­lar de­mo­graphic – Baby Boomers – and these car­ried a higher risk due to their age and range of ex­ist­ing health con­di­tions.

When ques­tioned about their health, they were re­luc­tant to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and some­times hid the truth.

“We have a mas­sive in­dus­try geared up for help­ing old peo­ple but no le­gal right to ask them about their per­sonal de­tails. And the fact is they lie.”

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