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(News.com.au)   Tourist stranded in desert dies of dehydration. Maybe he should have drank some of the 80 LITERS OF WATER he had with him   (news.com.au) divider line 112
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2003-12-17 02:21:05 PM
i smell a darwin nomination.
 
2003-12-17 03:00:01 PM
There were enough supplies in the hired vehicle for Mr Sykes to have survived for more than a week, Sgt Hornsby said.

I would say that this is the process of natural selection at it's finest. No word on whether or not this guy had procreated prior to his demise. If so, I extend my condolences to the family and urge them to jot this one down for future reference.
 
2003-12-17 05:22:07 PM
No beer?
 
2003-12-17 05:38:25 PM
Strange. Perhaps it was common tap water and he was a brand new meterosexual with a taste for Evian.
 
2003-12-17 07:52:59 PM
Sometimes you just can't feel sympathy for such a needless death. Some people truly deserve injuries or death for their stupidity.
 
2003-12-17 11:33:37 PM
The gods must be crazy!
 
2003-12-18 03:55:24 AM
What's a liter?
 
2003-12-18 03:55:47 AM
Awww, give the dude a break.

He was saving the water for when he got really thirsty.
 
2003-12-18 03:56:24 AM
Best place to conserve water is in your body, if your stranded like this and have water drink it whenever you get thirsty. People die all the die because they ration their water. Its a bad decision. Too many people die with canteens half full of water.
 
2003-12-18 03:57:33 AM
He had a good plan going on. Go to the desert and sell water. No way was he going to drink his profits away!
 
2003-12-18 03:58:12 AM
Not a darwin contender, just a victim of misinformation. Shame.
 
2003-12-18 03:58:53 AM
Eight glasses a day keeps you in your best health, but you don't even really need that much to live.

Dumbass.
 
2003-12-18 03:59:28 AM
He was just looking for the local pub. One "Ayer's on the Rocks", please.
 
2003-12-18 04:03:35 AM
He was actually rather far from Darwin

 
2003-12-18 04:04:23 AM
You don't carry 80L of water with you. Yes, he could have survived a week in his bogged car. But how would he know that help was coming? I probably would have done the same thing as this guy. He made it 60km, so he must have brought a sizeable amount of water with him. I don't think this deserves a Darwin award.
 
2003-12-18 04:06:07 AM
British? Maybe he was saving it to brush his teeth with?

/ducks, runs, and covers
 
2003-12-18 04:06:34 AM
Hansenator:

Shhhhh!

Ixnay on the criminal alpracticemay!

Ya trying to get me sued?!?!?!
 
2003-12-18 04:08:55 AM
cola, that was hilarious.

maybe the water was too warm for his liking. a man's gotta have his standards. there was probably also a fine woman in the car waiting to have sex with him, but he thought she needed a sandwich and so he was in search a deli. probably a farker.
 
2003-12-18 04:09:35 AM
cola, that was hilarious.

maybe the water was too warm for his liking. a man's gotta have his standards. there was probably also a fine woman in the car waiting to have sex with him, but he thought she needed a sandwich and so he was in search a deli. probably a farker.
 
2003-12-18 04:09:50 AM
That Hutch is a bastard, isn't he
 
2003-12-18 04:20:04 AM
Not true MrEricSir! Water can be obtained from a great many things that you consume, such as fruit, that drinking 8 glasses a day it utterly pointless. While a certain amount of water is obviously essential, 8 glasses a day would just give you pale urine and a lot more of it.
 
2003-12-18 04:20:44 AM
As an American Indian.....I know the Aborigines are laughing their farking asses off.
 
2003-12-18 04:21:22 AM
etymxris
"I probably would have done the same thing as this guy. "

Ugh. Even after reading the article you would still do the same thing? He had rented the vehicle he was driving. When it didn't come back, someone probably would have noticed. Also, he was in the middle of a freaking desert...where was he expecting to get to?

A week is a damned long time, and even if no one started looking for him for several days, that would have given rescuers plenty of time to find him. Please, don't go adventuring in the outback anytime soon. We'd hate to lose you.
 
2003-12-18 04:23:40 AM
As an American Indian.....I know the Aborigines are laughing their farking asses off.
 
2003-12-18 04:24:07 AM
Umm... maybe he should have had a camel.
 
2003-12-18 04:24:33 AM
fark, he walked around 40 miles in sweltering heat. That's pretty damn impressive.
 
2003-12-18 04:28:23 AM
A Brit?

Must . . . find . . . tea
 
2003-12-18 04:29:30 AM
Really, how do you know the car is going to be found. It's easy to say that it would be best to stay sitting here cozy in our warm housings, but it's a bit different actually being in the situation. If you don't expect anybody to see your car for at least a week, you're wasting what little time you have left sitting there doing nothing. Now, perhaps he should have stayed a few days--it would not have diminished the possible radius of his search, as he could not have taken much food and water with him anyway. But I don't think his judgement was seriously in error. You hear of people in cars trapped in snow-drifts on long abandoned highways, and they have to make similar judgements. It's never an easy call.
 
2003-12-18 04:30:35 AM
Hello China. I have something you might be interested in..but it's gonna cost ya!...that's right...ALL the tea!
 
2003-12-18 04:36:40 AM
Jay-Tea, YES! go Family Guy. Though I'm confused as to why the quote is in this thread....unless it's in response to Lalalalalalalala
 
2003-12-18 04:39:25 AM
Honestly, even if you're going to try to walk it, carry as much water with you as you can.

Honestly. I'm just glad this guy was British. Even with all the idiot deaths America has notched on our belt, I wouldn't be able to live this one down.
 
2003-12-18 04:39:55 AM
Broken car? Let off the gas, the oil, and add the plastic upholstery for good measure, set alight, and boom, you get rescued. After a good mauling by Smokey Bear.

/No, I wasn't there. And yes, of course I'm talking through my .. nether regions.
 
2003-12-18 04:40:23 AM
What a farking idiot. You're smack in the middle of an endless expanse. A vehicle travels maybe 20 times faster than you can. It doesn't matter how far you walk, you're still in the middle of an endless expanse. A car is possibly 15 times bigger than you if you're lying down, even more than that if you're standing up. It's much, much more visible than you are. 80 liters of water; that's 2 liters a day for a month and an extra liter on Saturday and Sunday each. After a month with no food you'd be pretty thin, but you'd be alive. And there probably was food there too.

Look, if you're in a situation like that, sometimes you have to choke down your pride, sit down, and wait for the nice people to come along and rescue you. The whole time he was probably putting the finishing touches on his bar story, of how he was stranded but like the He-Man he is, walked out.

If there is a chance of getting out, if no one is coming for you, if you have some kind of plan to pick up resources along the way, if you have the survival skills...then yes, maybe you can walk out of a situation. But this guy might as well have been running on a giant hamster wheel the whole time.
 
2003-12-18 04:42:28 AM

You know when you drink too many liquids, i.e. water, pop, and then an hour later you gotta piss real bad cause you drank too much too fast? That sucks. I bet it'd really suck if you were stranded somewhere like this guy and pissed his last water away because he drank it too fast. I know, this guy never even knew he had water. But if that did happen, it would suck.

Not as much as dying though.

 
2003-12-18 04:45:22 AM
Well, perhaps he was intercepted by Australian Deliverance-style culprits and dragged away from his Toyota Hilux. How do you pronounce that? "High Lux?" "Hee-Looks?" Jesus Christ.

Doesn't anybody suspect foul play? Even the most deserving of Darwin Award nominees would be smacking their foreheads at this debacle.

/Just got net access back. Yay! Now I'm going to bed.
 
2003-12-18 04:46:04 AM
Nod to Jay-Tea, Family Guy was(/is, might come back so I hear) great, but the Simpsons is still King baby!

"In America, first you get the sufar, then you get the power, then you get the women..."
 
2003-12-18 04:46:49 AM
2003-12-18 04:29:30 AM etymxris

If you don't expect anybody to see your car for at least a week, you're wasting what little time you have left sitting there doing nothing.

If you get yourself into that situation in the first place, you're an idiot. The idea is to have lots of supplies; water, food, vehicle repair kit, medical kit and HF radio. That's not enough though. Then you go into an outback police station and give them a detailed schedule and map of your route. They notify the authorities at your destination too. The idea is for them to start organizing a possible rescue the minute your plans fall apart.
 
2003-12-18 04:46:58 AM
Make that sugar
Doh!
 
2003-12-18 04:48:10 AM
When in panic,
or in doubt,
run in circles,
scream & shout.
 
2003-12-18 05:17:39 AM
abdul that would be "high lucks" indeed. More here The article seems to imply that someone found his truck within a day or so but it took them another day to find him... And you dont go into one of the world's biggest deserts without at least two vehicles, snatch straps, sand anchors, winches, wooden boards to put under the tyres and a sound knowledge of how to drive in sand (low range is only for digging holes).
 
2003-12-18 05:19:46 AM
Maybe he should have drunk some of the 80 LITERS OF WATER he had with him

/got nuthin'
I swear I'm not a part of the grammarpolice community on LiveJournal :(
not anymore, at least.
 
2003-12-18 05:28:11 AM
Your car might not be found, but it has a better chance at being found than you do, wandering in the desert in a foreign country, when you have absolutely no survival skills.

Someone, even at least the rental company, would have known where he was headed, and if he didn't arrive, it's quite easy to do a search from the air for a vehicle. Or at least, much easier than searching for one person.

I am always amazed, when faced with a modern Brit (of which I am one, as well as Australian, so I can make this joke!) that such a country full of people lacking common sense could manage to build such a vast empire. Obviously, the gene pool has declined since they started exporting the criminals to the antipodes.
 
2003-12-18 05:31:54 AM
Nothing says lonliness like a grammar nazi
 
2003-12-18 05:33:54 AM
..anyway drank is fine..isn't it? (not my posting btw!)
 
2003-12-18 05:41:35 AM
snatch straps

*pulls head out of gutter*

alright, now that I'm absolutely certain of what you did NOT mean by that...what the hell is a "snatch strap"?
 
2003-12-18 05:43:00 AM
drank ( P ) Pronunciation Key (drngk)
v.
Past tense of drink.

drunk ( P ) Pronunciation Key (drngk)
v.
Past participle of drink.


Now I'm really confused.

Goodbye.
 
2003-12-18 05:46:25 AM
Ah, the Toyota Hilux.

I learned to drive on one of those things.

I learned to drive one of those in 1993. And the truck in question was about 7 years older than I was.

Please tell me this sad bastard had a newer car than that...
 
2003-12-18 05:46:54 AM
I drank the drink.

The drink was drunk.
 
Sim
2003-12-18 05:52:15 AM
this is possibly the best use of the "dumbass" tag, EVER EVER EVER!
 
2003-12-18 05:57:19 AM
Thank you mizantoroopu and I spelled (spelt?!?) loneliness wrong too. :(
 
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