Monday, January 11, 2010

Dangers at the Beach

I laughed the other day when I was warned NOT to put my chaise under the coconut palms - at least not under the coconut bunches next to the trunk!

It seems people are fatally injured every year by falling coconuts. Now you scientific people could figure the impact weight etc but I just took the warning to heart and moved.

Geez, here in this idyllic paradise there is something to be careful about - not drug wars, kidnappings, speeding cars - just falling coconuts.

How great is that?

9 comments:

- Mexican Trailrunner said...

Absolutely true! Same thing happens in Hawaii.
I've never known anyone who got conked by a coco, but I have seen the damage they can do to the roof of a car!!!
Ouch!

Life's a Beach! said...

Kind of like a popular restaurant here that has big old trees perfect for kid climbing on the patio. They have signs -- No Climbing -- Scorpions in Trees. Hmmmm. And I'm sitting under them? Ha!

Kay Cox said...

Not bad...all that AND good pina coladas? Wow!

Leah Flinn said...

Those falling coconuts are not to be taken lightly! A couple months ago while walking in the park one fell just as I passed underneath. Doubt I would have died, but it came very close to giving me a large bump on the head!

Tancho said...

Well, the terminal velocity of that pena colada orb will be about equal to 125 miles per hour, more or less. And will take about one second to reach it's intended target.
Funny how nature gets back at people.....Few people get killed from those things, since they would have to hit you in a rather targeted zone. However, no sense in pushing your luck! Sounds like you are starting to enjoy your change of venue.

Calypso said...

Babs - while the rest of us are freezing right now - you are dodging falling coconuts.

What is wrong with this picture? Mostly that I am not in it!

el jubilado said...

Much better to bring your own shade if that's what you're looking for - or colada under palapa

With the weather the way it's been I can't imagine the sun being killer

jackieinpdx.com said...

I was on Kauai one year when a tourist in a convertable was killed when a coconut fell on her head. They were parked alongside the road and boom!

Islagringo said...

I had my coconuts palmed removed when I got hit on the shoulder by a falling coconut. Hurt for days. I read somewhere that more people are killed each year by falling coconuts than by lightning strikes. Both rare events but they still happen.