Isn't it tragic news! My heart goes out to the family.
I was camping with my kids once and in the middle of the night my son screamed out (which woke me up) because he heard a tree branch crack off the tree and fall. The crack was like a gunshot and it was very, very alarming.
We weren't anywhere too close, but it was a sobering event all the same. During a recent camp trip I noticed a family camped under an old oak tree. It wouldn't have been my choice I have to say.
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It's certainly a tragedy for the family.
I can only guess at what a family hammock tent is. And what weight is a family in a hammock tied onto the branches of 2 trees in a storm. Seems it's at a country park, not a campsite; risk assessments are based on the likely use - you'd take a weak branch off a tree overhanging a public footpath but not in the middle of a dense wood where no one has reason to go walking.
There's never just the one reason for an accident, and Health & Safetry Executive will be working on it already.
How desperately sad. I notice from the BBC item that the tragedy took place 'outside the designated camping area' of the country park. Presumably inside the area trees would have been checked for safety and strength? Or this kind of camping would not have been permitted? I guess we all make our own choices, and live - and very occasionally, tragically, die - by them.
We arrived at a site in the south of France after a very stormy night. Apparently a tree fell on the car of a couple in a tent. They were unhurt fortunately, and had to hire a car to get them home to Brittany. The tree had already been removed when we arrived, but we noticed a 'team' looking round the site, and 1 other tree was felled.
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Such sad news to hear and my thoughts with his family. Such a joyful time ended with a freak accident. A stark warning to be had for people trying the hammock tents. A shame someone has to lose their life for it to be highlighted.
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This is so sad and a real freak accident.
I am always wary of trees after seeing a large one just fall in the middle of a calm mid afternoon in lovely sunny weather in Derbyshire. It was a huge tree and did not look dead or anything. It just went down as if in slow motion.
We were camping in the next field so no one was hurt but it certainly made me aware.
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WE have been close to danger a couple of times - once in Cornwall, where a tree on the boundary of a campsite fell away from the site and blocked an adjacent driveway during the night. It was a large tree and, had it fell in our direction, ours and a nearby caravan would have been damaged (probably written off) and injuries likely. The second time was in France. We were sitting outside our awning when we heard a creaking sound. A medium-sized tree fell slowly and ended up against our awning. It took at least 8 of us to work the tree away from the awning until we could get it to fall flat to the ground.
The site owners came along, used a chain saw to cut the tree up, and carted the remains away.
Another camper then told us that the previous year, on a pitch almost opposite us, a large branch of a tree had fallen and severely damaged a caravan.
For those of us living in tents, caravans or motorhomes it seems that we are never very far from danger when trees are around.
We made a tea-time return to our Vendee camp site (Sept '15) to this...
Apparently, two had fell, and others were teetering, so they spent the afternoon flailing a chain saw around, to make things safe!
I feared rounding the next bend, as that would bring our tent into view, but due to putting it into storm mode at 2 am that very morning, and the tree's behind us not being so tall and skinny, all was well with the world, thankfully!
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