Those of you who, having gone for a swim or who have fallen into water, find themselves in difficulties in water may find themselves in an even worse predicament in the future.
Nanny has decided that a policy of "you're on your own chum" is now to be implemented for water based "risk situations".
As such, Nanny's chums in the Devon and Cornwall Police have decreed that police officers in the region must not to hold out a hand to drowning swimmers in case they are pulled into the water themselves.
Errmmm...isn't that down to the individual police officer to make that judgement call, according to the circumstances and his/her capabilities in the water?
The decree, quite unsurprisingly, comes in a health and safety policy document which says officers should also think twice before throwing a lifebelt.
You will recall that this policy of "you're on your own chum" has been tested in Greater Manchester, where two police community support officers did not enter a lake to try to save Jordon Lyon a ten-year-old boy from drowning. They were told their training had not equipped them with the skills to go in the water.
The document, Health And Safety - Water Safety - states:
"Devon and Cornwall Constabulary does not
expect or require any member of staff
to enter water in a rescue attempt of any
person or animal under any circumstances.
The task of rescuing members of the public
or animals from water lies primarily with
other emergency services that are equipped
and trained to undertake such tasks."
As if to add insult to injury, the health and safety Gestapo also decree that staff should not throw a lifebelt into the water, until they have completed a "dynamic risk assessment".
What utter BOLLOCKS!
But Graeme Hicks, a member of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, thinks it's bollocks as well:
"It's quite unbelievable that a police officer
could walk past an incident like that and ignore it.
If a child drowned in Cornwall
in those circumstances
we would come under criticism and it
concerns me that there are
policies like this in place."
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said:
"No organisation can expect staff to risk their lives."
What planet does this guy live on?
Firemen, the armed forces, police officers, traffic wardens, the waiter who served me a tough steak the other week etc etc all risk their lives on a daily basis...that's what these jobs are about!