Jun. 30th, 2011

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/american-tourist-left-great-reef-tour-boat-company-170022854.html A guy went snorkeling only to find the boat that took him out into deep water was gone so he had to swim to another boat that just happened to be there to get transportation back to land.

What's underwhelming is the compensation they gave him and their overall attitude:

"The staff member who failed to do an accurate headcount has been fired, the paper says, and Cole was given a $200 restaurant voucher and a refund for the trip.

But the spokesman of a regional tour operators association told local Australian CairnsBlog that he thought Cole was exaggerating the danger he faced in the incident. Association of Marine Park Operators' Col McKenzie said Cole was ''making a mountain out of a molehill'' to get media attention"

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Jun. 30th, 2011 09:18 pm
http://www.newser.com/story/119849/man-dies-in-sf-bay-while-firefighters-police-watch.html

http://www.firefighternation.com/videos/california-man-drowns-while-fire-and-police-watch

A while back a man stood in the ocean saying he wanted to die then died while firemen & police watched from shore because they weren't properly trained/certified to go in after him. He eventually drowned and a woman civilian was the one who took the body back to shore.

I know there are liability arguments about saving him and that drowning people often accidentally drown their would-be saviors (though there is something wrong about cops & firemen JUST watching him) but I'm wondering "Why in God's name did a civilian have to be the one to drag his body to shore? Were they just going to let it float away?"

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