Originally Posted by Bigfoot
Saw this on South Today and was thinking long and hard about it. At what point would you deem a sea too tempestuous/unsafe not to save someone else's life ?
What they always taught us was that the very last thing you want to happen is to become a victim as well. A single rescue/recovery becomes quite a bit more work when you start adding additional victims into the mix.
A recent incident illustrates this pretty well: A family out for a picnic on a beach (one known to local divers as being being a fairly advanced dive due to an odd physical structure); one young teenage girl was caught by a wave and washed in. Several people went in to rescue her, and one guy got her back to safety. Two others who went to her assistance drowned.
I agree that you should do whatever you can to assist, but add that you should not expose yourself to undue risk unless you have a *lot* of support immediately available.
As to how to judge what is and isn't undue risk, well...