July 15, 2010
Dozens of Russians, many of them drunk, are drowning daily as they head to water to escape a heatwave.Yeah, because there's no better way to stay hydrated during a heatwave than by guzzling some Val-U-Rite. That's the clear liquid they have in cups on the sidelines during marathons, right?
Vodka-drinking groups - some with small children - can be seen at lakes and ponds in and around the Russian capital where the current three-week heatwave may set a record of 98.6F (37C) this weekend.
(More on the kids playing in the water in a second, with tragically predictable results.)
More than 1,200 people drowned across Russia in June this year, [Vadim Seryogin] said, including 233 between July 5 and July 12.
"The majority of those drowned were drunk," he said. "The children died because adults simply did not look after them."
Last week six children drowned in the Sea of Azov in southern Russia because the summer camp employees who were minding them were drunk.
Not that I'm siding with the drunken camp counselors or anything, but I hope for their sakes that the dead kids weren't fond of machetes and hockey masks, if you know what I'm saying.
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