el_loco_avs wrote:I think the court did express a reluctance. They were not convinced there was no risk for Laura's social and psychological development, but because of the parent's unwillingness to cooperate a continuation of the evaluations while Laura was a ward of the court was pointless. Also they seemed to make a point of putting the responsibility (and there for consequences?) of the trip on Laura's parents.
Isn't that the whole point of the ruling though? Since Laura is no longer a ward of the court it is now the responsibility of the parents to let her go on this trip or not. Making Laura a ward of court makes the court responsible and therefore able to forbid the trip, this ruling returns the responsibility to the parents.
Also TheKrikkitWars, there are plenty of excuses for going missing at sea, even with the PLB. For starters hypothermia, probably less of a problem since ms Dekker is not going around Cape Horn and so can stick to warm waters, but still. A PLB will also not help you if are sleeping inside your cabin when your ship gets crushed under an oil tanker, all it will do is help rescue services find your corpse (assuming its attached to your corpse and not floating with some other wreckage). The Air France plane that crashed in the mid-Atlantic last year had a locator beacon attached to its black box, but last I heard that hasn't been found either.
Please, lets get something straight. There are significant risks involved with this trip. If the radio breaks, you cannot
call for help. In the middle of the ocean there is no rescue service standing by to help you, certainly not within less than several hours. Even professional racing sailors on multi-million dollar boats equipped with all the latest safety gadgets get killed
. If something serious goes wrong during a storm, a chase boat following you at several miles will not
be there in time to help you. Plain and simple, if something goes wrong at a bad time (and that's when it will) you are on your own
Can ms Dekker and her parents properly understand and evaluate these risks and her ability to handle them? The court thinks so, and since I don't know them personally that's good enough for me. Should ms. Dekker be allowed to take these risks? Yes. Certainly if she has the support of her parents. I wish her following winds and the best of luck, but can we please stop pretending that this trip isn't dangerous? (Significantly more dangerous than normal every day life, before someone points out the risks inherent in crossing the street).