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2014-07-25 07:40:18 PM
From the comments: "Mexico is run by crime syndicates. That's the reason for this."

So the drug lords now control the wind. Good to know.
 
2014-07-25 08:55:15 PM
Good thing Mexico provides universal coverage for anyone in need. They will be fine, what is the problem?
 
2014-07-25 08:55:15 PM
sad.......
 
2014-07-25 08:56:13 PM
Once in a while a tree will topple over because of wind storms into a ski lift and de-rope the carrier or otherwise negatively effect the operation of the lift.

Hitting a cliff at 40mph is much worse evidently.
 
2014-07-25 09:00:02 PM
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"Tell me about it."
 
2014-07-25 09:00:11 PM
So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.
 
2014-07-25 09:01:50 PM
$100 to zip line in a developing country? Seems pricey. It was only $25 to do a really long zip line course in a mountainous rain forest in Ecuador. Though you do have to keep in mind that it was the only zip line company in operation in Mindo because the other one killed a tourist a few months earlier when a cable snapped. but that just adds to the excitement.
 
2014-07-25 09:02:28 PM
Came for the Gina Carano....

Many, many times....
 
2014-07-25 09:04:59 PM

Russ1642: So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.


They claim they're the safest IN CABO. It's all relative. 'Now its the time to scream!' is their tagline on the page to book a zipline reservation so it's not like they didn't warn their customers what would happen.
 
2014-07-25 09:07:55 PM

Russ1642: So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.


Bears
Bears
Bears
 
2014-07-25 09:11:40 PM
Where will they ever find manual laborer to repair the line?
 
2014-07-25 09:13:20 PM
Nobody has blamed the SOCIALISM yet?
 
GBB
2014-07-25 09:14:32 PM

Russ1642: So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.


the ad said it was "the safest" which is a relative comparison.  Considering it's in Mexico, I can only imagine how terrible the others are.

/I'll just stick to Mexican Radio.
//Can't understand just what did he say?
 
2014-07-25 09:15:40 PM
If...I....can....just....make...it....to....the.....border......free.h ealthcare!!!!!yaaaaa!
 
2014-07-25 09:18:25 PM
"...fark you, pay me."
 
2014-07-25 09:21:45 PM
That small print is a biatch.
 
2014-07-25 09:23:40 PM
I'm on my phone with no PC in sight, can someone post a South Park zipline pic?
 
2014-07-25 09:24:38 PM
A country I'll never visit: Mexico
A "sport" I'll never try: zip-lining

Another day of the good life.
 
2014-07-25 09:24:53 PM
HOLY CRAP!
I was just in Cabo last week and went to Wild Canyon to do Zip line. It had to happen on number 8. It's really long and you haul ass.

//csb
 
2014-07-25 09:29:14 PM
Still safer than driving.
 
2014-07-25 09:31:51 PM
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Medico...por favor.
 
2014-07-25 09:53:31 PM
On the other hand, "Mexican Ziplining Accidents" is a pretty good name for a rock band.
 
2014-07-25 09:53:58 PM

Russ1642: So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.


OH THANK GOD! Because, let me tell you, I have been sweating bullets since my little tryst last month during the corporate retreat.

But you sound like an authority on the matter and if you say it's safe, I'm set. In fact, I can't wait to go back and see Esmeralda!!
 
2014-07-25 09:54:03 PM
Deny, delay, defend.
 
2014-07-25 09:56:00 PM
Maybe they should be thankful it happened in Mexico. They medical bills in the US probably would have easily been four times that.
 
2014-07-25 09:57:11 PM

TomD9938: Still safer than driving.


Lost a co-worker to diving in Mexico. They filled his tank with c02.That and Kirsty MacColl, I say fark Mexico... wouldn't set foot there for a vacation.
 
2014-07-25 10:12:45 PM
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2014-07-25 10:14:18 PM

GBB: Russ1642: So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.

the ad said it was "the safest" which is a relative comparison.  Considering it's in Mexico, I can only imagine how terrible the others are.

/I'll just stick to Mexican Radio.
//Can't understand just what did he say?


whoa-Oh, radio
 
2014-07-25 10:34:31 PM
Always have good travel insurance when going overseas. My "Divers Alert Network" insurance was crazy good when I suffered an internal injury near Nuku Hiva in the South Pacific in 2012. I was medevac'd to Tahiti for stabilization for the next week, they arranged all of the translation services over the phone, and arranged a pair of 1st class seats on Air France to get me back to the USA for further treatment (two days before Christmas). They arranged everything with the US Consulate, State Department and Embassy to update them on my status and waive me from all immigration - and covered the hotel stay for my travel partner in a nice Hilton.
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In total, for my $79 annual fee, DAN covered some $45,000 in travel expenses and overseas medical care. My regular insurance covered another ~$125,000 in domestic surgery and outpatient care. In total, I paid about $500 out of pocket. Good insurance frankly saved my life.

/FYI, the medical care in Tahiti is farking terrible. The hospital doesn't even have potable water.
//the US doctors were incredulous that I survived a complete testicular torsion and associated septicemia/gangrene for nearly two weeks.
 
2014-07-25 10:48:08 PM
You're just going to leave that hanging there?
 
2014-07-25 10:50:03 PM
You know that travel insurance you can buy with your plane ticket, or that's offered by travel agents?
It's close to useless. They'll usually find a pre-existing condition or some sort exclusion because you were doing something dangerous, like traveling.
 
2014-07-25 11:17:26 PM
MrSteve007: //the US doctors were incredulous that I survived a complete testicular torsion and associated septicemia/gangrene for nearly two weeks.

okay, now you have to tell us how you twisted your balls?
 
2014-07-25 11:25:37 PM

ultraholland: MrSteve007: //the US doctors were incredulous that I survived a complete testicular torsion and associated septicemia/gangrene for nearly two weeks.

okay, now you have to tell us how you twisted your balls?



Preferably in a high, squeaky voice.
 
2014-07-25 11:39:21 PM
And not that anyone cares, but here I am getting ready to zipline in Belize about three weeks ago.
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I'd show some action shots, but it just looks like a little person off in the distance. Then I went cave tubing, which was a blast. (Second time I've done both.).
 
2014-07-25 11:45:38 PM
Another thing, car rental insurance in Mexico doesn't cover dick.

I bottomed out a Dollar.mx Jetta on a rock (unfortunately) just north of Cabo on Rt. 1 and punched a tiny hole in the transmission case.

First of all, Mexican registered cars don't have all that safety and protection stuff that US cars have ie some bottom protection. Secondly, Napoleonic law rules the day in Mexico ie. they arrest erry motherfarker involved in any sort of accident down south until they figure out who's at fault and should pay. Needless to say, they aren't in a hurry to do that. C. The insurance you purchase for a car rental down there doesn't actually cover anything should you come to grief. Thank God I had AMEX in my corner and told those mf'ers to eat a dick when they tried to run CC for 10 large to cover the damages of some JB Weld and fluid in the crank case.
 
2014-07-25 11:51:19 PM
Another article with more info.  Sounds truly awful.  There were kids and plenty of other people doing it.  He will likely live though; medically induced coma but has been brought up long enough to wiggle fingers and toes.

And yeah, wtf Mexico, y u no universal health care?
 
2014-07-26 12:18:48 AM
Wait, no zipline insurance?

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Somebody call Geico.
 
2014-07-26 12:34:49 AM
I buy travel medical insurance for international trips multiple times  every year.  Every single time I buy it, I am asked how much coverage I want, what deductible I want, and whether I want an "adventure sports rider."  That rider comes with a $50,000 lifetime payout cap.  I don't go on ziplines.
 
2014-07-26 01:12:52 AM
MrSteve007:

the US doctors were incredulous that I survived a complete testicular torsion and associated septicemia/gangrene for nearly two weeks.
 
2014-07-26 01:32:23 AM

Lars The Canadian Viking: MrSteve007:

the US doctors were incredulous that I survived a complete testicular torsion and associated septicemia/gangrene for nearly two weeks.


Sounds like he had a ball on that trip!
 
2014-07-26 01:32:49 AM
I wonder if he was singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah on the way down?
 
2014-07-26 02:53:31 AM

bud jones: Lars The Canadian Viking: MrSteve007:

the US doctors were incredulous that I survived a complete testicular torsion and associated septicemia/gangrene for nearly two weeks.

Sounds like he had a ball on that trip!

I still have a ball on all my trips . . . just one though :(
 
2014-07-26 02:54:31 AM
Why I never leave my hometownhouse. bedroom. BED.
 
2014-07-26 02:58:49 AM
Just give them those ear rings.
 
2014-07-26 04:36:24 AM

Bacontastesgood: Another article with more info.  Sounds truly awful.  There were kids and plenty of other people doing it.  He will likely live though; medically induced coma but has been brought up long enough to wiggle fingers and toes.

And yeah, wtf Mexico, y u no universal health care?


Um, many Americans still don't have health care, why the hell would a corrupt, impoverished developing nation have it?
 
2014-07-26 05:41:04 AM

o'really: Um, many Americans still don't have health care, why the hell would a corrupt, impoverished developing nation have it?


America "chose" not to have real universal heath care.  Lots of nations with lower per capita PPP than Mexico have universal health care.  Actually, Mexico does have it now that I bothered to look it up, but only for its own citizens.
 
2014-07-26 06:50:30 AM

o'really: Um, many Americans still don't have health care, why the hell would a corrupt, impoverished developing nation have it?


You know that Mexico has universal health coverage, right?

They still discriminate by nationality like most countries do, but they have better insurance participation than the US does, along with lower costs and a decent standard of care. If anything America is the underdeveloped, corrupt and impoverished country in this comparison.
 
2014-07-26 10:36:07 AM

MrSteve007: FYI, the medical care in Tahiti is farking terrible.


That place is beautiful, but it's kind of a hellhole.
 
2014-07-26 10:57:33 AM
Tahiti is lik Tijuana on a tropical island
 
2014-07-26 01:12:55 PM

profplump: o'really: Um, many Americans still don't have health care, why the hell would a corrupt, impoverished developing nation have it?

You know that Mexico has universal health coverage, right?

They still discriminate by nationality like most countries do, but they have better insurance participation than the US does, along with lower costs and a decent standard of care. If anything America is the underdeveloped, corrupt and impoverished country in this comparison.


Having spent time in a Mexican hospital, I will say that the quality of care from the doctors and staff was quite good.  Access to appropriate drugs and equipment, less so.
 
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