Originally Posted by Trimix
I cant help asking myself, why bother saving him.
How far do you go to save someone who does not want saving ?
What if he had jumped off a bridge?
What if he had hypothermia (or some other medical condition) and wasn't thinking rationally?
What if he had some "learning difficulties" and so wasn't really able to understand the risk himself?
Could you come to the conclusion that any "sane" person would be trying to do what he was?
If that didn't convince you then the knowledge that in a hour or twos time when he (or someone else, on his behalf) might ask for help it would be riskier for you or whoever was coming to his aid.
I'd guess the guys who serve on Lifeboats are pretty much wired up to try to save any person who might need it. I had assumed this was something hard wired into us all as part of "the human condition" - but I'm starting to realise I'm wrong.
This is not the first case of them "forcibly" rescuing someone and it must create a whole heap of ethical and legal issues. They have no special powers, and even the Coastguard have to jump through hoops to force a master to do something.