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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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    It's bizarre, this liability thing and is purely a product of a culture where SOMEONE always has to cop the blame for everything.



    Microlighting is going through this big time at the moment, as a result of a legal case where a volunteer inspector is being prosecuted for double manslaughter (does the HCGB have protection for it's scrutineers?, Do they understand their personal legal liability risks?).



    Single seat microlights have just been deregulated, leaving it the responsibility of the individual owner to ensure that they are safe. The people with 30 years experience of looking after the technical issues, the Tech Office at the BMAA, cannot provide any advice to members as if they do they may become liable in the event of an accident. How crazy is that?



    I know of a legal case where a mechanic lent over his neighbours fence to give advice to the neighbour on changing his brake pads. The neighbour got it wrong, the brakes subsequently failed and the mechanic was prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter.



    All we are doing with this culture is breeding numpties, as no one will be prepared to pass on hard-won experience and knowledge for fear of prosecution if it all goes wrong. I foresee that we'll evolve back to living in caves, which may be the only way we get rid of the lawyers................



    Jeremy



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    It is ridiculous - and the point about scrutineering is real. It would be sensible if there needed to be an exchange of money in order to establish liability, along with an understanding that if you didn't pay for it, then you retain responsibility for it. I hate all this ... "no win no fee" ... "it's always someone elses fault" ...



    Ian

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