A simple search on the internet for "water intoxication" reveals how dangerous it is to engage people in such a contest. I understand the contestants may have signed waivers before entering the contest, but I wonder how explicit the waivers were that the consumption of large amounts of water in a short period of time could cause death. It is possible that the radio station and producers could be facing criminal negligent charges as well as facing a devastating lawsuit. The producers should have had a doctor present at the studio during the contest in case of an emergency. Likewise, the producers should have had a medical professional follow up with each of the contestants during the next forty-eight hours. The failure to take these simple cautionary procedures is likely to cost the radio station big bucks. Anyone up for a pie eating contest?
Written by Donald P. Schweitzer