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Old 20 August 2004, 12:07   #1
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Will people NEVER learn

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/3584202.stm

"A father and son have been rescued from the coast around North Somerset for the second time in 24 hours."

Just spotted this - totally ON topic as they were in an inflatable - probably not the sort any of us would consider though!

Hope they got a right bollocking!

It amazes me how quick the coastguard are to rescue people who have been cut off - on the Gower coast there are several islands that are accesible at low tide - rarely does a week go by that some idiot doesn't get themselves cut off and then expect to be rescued - don't they realise all they have to do is wait a few hours and they can walk across?

The coastguard say that they rescue the people because otherwise they would try to swim across - fair enough but personally I would send the boat out with a loudhailer and tell them to bloody wait for the next tide - may just teach them a lesson!

Love the hovercraft in the photo - I want one!!!
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Old 20 August 2004, 14:08   #2
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In view of the number if incidents that involve "garage inflatables" I'm surprised that the powers that be have not banned them from sale.

On second thoughts, however, banning would no doubt infringe Joe Public's Human Right to make an absolute prat of himself and put himself in mortal danger.

I also suspect also if anything had gone wrong during the rescue he would have been straight onto Claims Direct for a hefty wodge of compensation.
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During Falmouth Festival it was absolutely outstanding how many were leaving with no life jackets (and some returning!) - often in rickerty fishing boats packed with children. Perhaps the Darwin Theory will deal with this problem!
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Great.. what a waste of time, money and effort.

It is people like these that manage to create "Off limit" areas..

How can you do the same thing twice, and get away with it? i think the guy should be fined for ignoring safety services, and potentially harming his son.
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the pair put to sea in an inflatable .
Disgraceful. Shouldn't be allowed.
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