Haredi Yeshiva Student Who Could Not Sail Rents Boat And Is Almost Lost At Sea
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
It is another in a long line of easily preventable outdoor hiking, boating and swimming accidents that appear to be endemic to the haredi community.
A yeshiva student in New York City rented a speedboat during the intermediate days of Sukkot and sailed it out to sea without having any idea of how to sail or how to get back.
A few minutes after leaving the dock he was out in the ocean, and eventually realized that he had no idea how to get back to shore.
"The man went out to sea for two hours and the phone in his possession did not work and he did not see how to get out of the sea. After a few minutes he saw he was close to shore, and sailed that way. It turned out to be the coast of the ultra-Orthodox community of Sea Gate in Brooklyn, and many families were nearby. The avrech [young married yeshiva student] signaled to the families who alerted the rescue service who came and saved him,” a friend of the young man told Behadrei Haredim.
Many observers point to the near-complete lack of safety education in haredi schools, along with a similar unfamiliarity with the outdoors and with sports and a disregard for secular society, for the the unusual number of haredim who find themselves in peril in the outdoors and in need of rescue.
[Hat Tip: The Lion.]