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Man Drowns in 3 Feet of Water in Front of Government Rescuers

Written by Gary North on February 23, 2012

That we live in a world gone batty with government regulations comes as no shock. The voters know this. The bureaucrats don’t.

North’s law of bureaucracy: “There is nothing so bizarre that some bureaucrat will not do it by following the rules.”


A charity worker drowned in a 3ft deep lake when a policeman and a paramedic were ordered not to try to rescue him.

Simon Burgess, 41, was left to float face down as emergency crews watched.

Health and safety rules stopped them going more than ankle deep into the lake, an inquest was told yesterday.

According to a doctor, Mr Burgess’s life could have been saved had he been removed from the water quickly.

The constable and the ambulance worker who volunteered to jump into the lake were given strict orders not to do so by fire station watch manager Tony Nicholls.

Is this bizarre, or what?

It gets more bizarre.

‘The control room was informed I was going in and they sent a message that under no circumstances could I go in the water.’
Wading out: Following the delay, a pair of firefighters make their way into the centre of the waist-deep lake to attempt to rescue Mr Burgess.

A similar story comes from the United States. You can read about it here.

It will not get better as we march into the world of bureaucracy. It will get worse

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13 thoughts on “Man Drowns in 3 Feet of Water in Front of Government Rescuers

  1. OneCitizenOfTheRepublic says:

    Insanity by any other name…Does it smell any less foul? Goverment regulations which go against common sense must be addressed…to ignore the harm done, also promotes more of the same!

  2. Whatever happened to people doing the right thing, no matter the consequences.

  3. mattarmstrong@juno.com says:

    So what the hell does that dumbass do when they get to a fire?
    Call the fire department in the neighboring town??

    In Liberal circles, they’ll probably give the idiot a promotion for being sensitive to his employees shoe’s & socks!!!

  4. I am against suing people for the least of accidents. But in this case I hope Mr. Burgess' family sues the hell out of the agency responsible for denying the help. I think 50 million would be the least amount acceptable..

  5. If this had happened in the United States a liberal would have jumped in and saved the guy. Conservatives would have left him out there to fend for himself and complained about their tax dollars being wasted saving people who are too lazy to save themselves.

  6. How about bringing that POS Tony Nicholls up on charges. He was derilict in this duties ordering his people NOT to help under any circumstances! Why? Charge him with deriliction of duty resulting in death!

    You're a real POS Tony Nicholls. I'd like to hear his story why he chose to stand down and not help this man. This story needs to go deeper.

  7. It's the libturds who are causing the bureacratic mess in this country. Look at the EPA,the Attorney General(Fast and Furious) and other Ovomit appointies.

  8. Yes he would have after first getting the local news and prime time news head out by the pond and then afterward suing them for damage to his clothes and explaining to the adoring press how he should be getting a huge reward for his efforts.

  9. Paul Divine says:

    You don`t seem to very bright mentaliy. Trying to mimic something Obama would say, You are either a Muslim or a dyed in the Democrat.or perhaps you are both.

  10. Bureaucracy in public service is dictated by the Unions. How these first responders can live with themselves and sleep at night after this just shows how they're in for the money and benefits, public service be damned.

  11. Time for a wrongful death suit and maybe criminal charges against the bureaurat that gave the order.

  12. jim28threg. says:

    BFDTV you must be a politician no-body else can be that dumb. Well except those that voted for that zebra with the handle bars on his head.

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