Our friends at CNN attempted to make a big splash this week by citing some unclear statistics on whitewater fatalities, nationwide.
The crux of the matter is how many of the deaths were involved with commercial guides, whose living depends on balancing safety and the perception of risk.
In CNN's blurry repororting, 50 fatalities were attributed to commercial guides. According to a rebuttal by American Outdoors, that number was only 10.
And for an industry that supports more than 10 million whitewater trips a year, the number of incidents is still remarkably low, making it one of the safest outdoor excursions available.
CNN: Whitewater deaths surge in US
America Outdoors refutes CNN piece