Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Where England used to be.

Coastguard banned from using flares over safety fears and told to use a torch instead

Coastguards have been banned from using flares in rescue missions after they were ruled to be a risk to health and safety.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says the devices, which are used to illuminate large areas of land and sea during night-time searches, could cause 'considerable injury'.

Rescue teams have been told to use 'safer' alternatives such as torches and night-vision goggles during land-based cliff and beach rescues.

They're not used everyday so get rid of them because they 'might' hurt someone.

So sad. And we're headed in the same direction.

1 comment:

The Armed Canadian said...

If I'm hanging off a cliff or drifting at sea, I don't care what they throw at me so long as it helps them to rescue me. I figure I'm not going to care too much clawing to life to be concerned about a bruise or a small burn from a flare that got too close! At least if that happened, they'd have a good idea about how to get to me.

Getting hurt is the least of my priorities at the moment. Don't these people ever think about survival situation and priorities? If the difference between life and death is breaking my arm, snap away!

Sad is not the word for it.