I got the chills when I read about the death of Andrew Silvershein, the 16-year-old from Davie who died on a white-water rafting trip in Tennessee.
We want our kids to have adventures they will remember forever, and we trust the people in charge to keep them safe, even though we have to sign their lives away on release forms.
I went white-water rafting a few weeks ago and enjoyed the thrill of the twists and turns, colliding with rocks and getting soaked with cold water. We went over safety procedures in detail, but I'm not sure they would have mattered if I was in the same situation Andrew Silvershein was in.
My kids are scheduled to go white-water rafting with their camp this summer. I'm waiting to see if the camp is rethinking the trip. I'm sure the staff is being deluged with calls from worried parents.
Photo courtesy Silvershein family