The incident occurred on a hog farm and probably involved large amounts sewage from the pigs, although details are not clear in news reports.
Gather ye rosebuds while you may,
Old Time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
Reader Comments: "You think you'd learn after the first 2..3...4....5....." "Apparently there was a queue of 157 more people lined up ready to help, it was only the fact that the cesspool had no more space that this tragedy finally came to an end." " They couldn't swim, but they went through the motions." "Rest in Pee" "Slurry tank accidents are very dangerous and the worst thing is you don't even know until you're dead." "Sounds like Lemmings." "Don't take life seriously, it's not like you will get out alive!" "C'est la merde." "Muck to Do about Nothing"
DARWIN NOTES: Four of the deceased were related to one another. Some people who commented on this Award consider it a tragedy. They say that rescuing family members is heroism, and laud the human instinct to disregard risk. They say, "Not! Funny!" Several expressed the viewpoint that those who died possess the very genes they would like to see passed on to future generations.
Rebuttal viewpoints expressed are that the sewage trailer driver was foolish to succumb to the "rotten egg gas." And whereas the first would-be rescuer was perhaps acting heroically, after that it became increasingly foolish to walk to one's death behind the guy in front who just walked to his death. The final word was this: "The genes I want to see passed on belong to the person who came upon the scene and had the good sense to say, hmm, looks like something dangerous is happening here..."