Accidents in “7 vs. Wild”: Does Fritz Meinecke face consequences?

Last year the participants fought in Sweden, this year on the island of San José in Panama.Screenshot: YouTube

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Seven YouTubers, seven days alone on a lonely island: That’s the concept behind Fritz Meinecke’s “7 vs. Wild”. The fun factor of a survival show is how well the contestants can cope with complete isolation and how they can make it in the wilderness.

But how can the production guarantee the safety of the participants? What if something worse happens in this absolutely exceptional situation? Lawyer Christian Solmecke takes a closer look on his YouTube channel when sharks are spotted off the coast of “7 vs. Wild” or poisonous trees come into play and also clarifies the issue of potential liability in the event of an emergency.

«7 vs. Wild»: Who is responsible in Panama?

In “7 vs. Wild” there have already been dangerous scenes several times. Candidates sometimes expose themselves to danger intentionally, but sometimes unknowingly. Curious fans sent lawyer Christian Solmecke of WBS Legal scenes in which participants even put their lives in potential danger.

Background questions: Who is responsible for something really happening to Knossos and his colleagues on the lonely island?

Not even a Cologne lawyer has a clear answer. Using the example of Knossi, Solmecke tries to explain his view of things on YouTube. As a reminder: Knossi was decommissioned 200 meters from the coast above water and had to be rescued on land.

“It was a fight to the death for Knossi,” says the lawyer, and Knossi himself admits he “almost got bitten” when he reached the beach. A legal expert thinks it’s lucky for the production that the web video producer didn’t do anything wrong, because – and many fans are also wondering – who is responsible in the event of an accident or worse?

Negligence vs. obligation to inform

“You can’t say ‘We accept no responsibility for any of this,'” Solmecke explains of the legal situation. He therefore observes a focus on carelessness. In the event of accidents, the manufacture may very well be held liable for damages “if they acted with gross negligence”. Solmecke believes that throwing an untrained person into the water so far from land is just that, gross negligence, and therefore sees the potential blame on Fritz Meinecke and his production.

“It’s different when YouTubers themselves make mistakes,” notes Solmecke. Because if the production company informs its candidates in advance of the lurking danger, the responsibility ultimately lies with the participants themselves.

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