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    Just watched in amazement this article on News24!

    CLICK HERE

    hint: look for the hovercraft!



    I (and many others) have offered our craft to the emergency services for over a week now - and they go and import a hovercraft from Turin in Italy! Does anyone know how the these guys make their decisions - it seems totally bizarre! Maybe we don't have the correct colour plastic hats or something

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    ..... its so sad really, i would have thought the hovercraft would be an excellent tool in an urban environment.



    quite typical of the authorities not to accept help even when it was desperatly required ...



    i suspect it was because most hover folk dont have the appropriate 'rescue training' and this made them baulk at the prospect of 3rd party claims etc.



    ... could have even been you dont carry a cosh assesment for the onboard petrol...



    its sad times we live in...
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    I sat all week looking at the constant stream of helicopters boats and flashing lights, and my craft sat on the drive unused! I did offer assistance but got no "call up". Heigh ho.



    Ian

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    I suspect that liability insurance is part of the problem. Years ago I used to be a member of a caving club that provided a volunteer cave and mountain rescue service. The club had a lot of rescue equipoment, including a dedicated rescue Land Rover, specialist medical kit etc. We were not allowed to leave the clubhouse on a rescue without specific authorisation from the Fire Brigade for each and every individual incident.



    The reason given to me for this was that if an official body sanctioned, even by inaction, a volunteer rescue organisation or individual, then the authorities could be liable in the event of anything going wrong.



    Jeremy

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    Jeremy, Your last sentence is unfortunately so true.

    This was the major problem ASRH had in the early days and caused major frustration.

    All rescue authorities as a general rule will not use individuals or groups they do not recognise as qualified.

    This truly is the world we have created for ourselves, where generous caring citizens are not able to help each other anymore.

    When I rule the world Health and Safety will be the first to go and maybe then we will get back to normality and possibly less accidents and a few more lives saved??

    Grumpy Old Man, Kip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kipmac
    When I rule the world


    <Shudder....!>


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    Russ,

    In your case tremble would be more appropriate.

    You just have to have a dig!!

    Please ignore me and I will willingly reciprocate.

    Kip

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