Today, Monday, Memorial Day for crissake, 75 people stood on our shoreline and watched a fully-dressed man walk out into the water at Crown Beach then proceed to stand there up to his neck in the water….and did nothing. And not only did nothing, did nothing for NINETY MINUTES until the man drowned.
The AFD was there. The APD was there. And a whole lot of spectators. The APD stood by and watched. The AFD stood by and watched. And every single spectator stood by….and watched. NO ONE RESCUED THIS MAN.
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
The guy was standing in water for crissake! Exactly who isn’t able to walk out there and help this man?! What I want to know is, how can anyone NOT do something?! But out of 75 people standing on the beach…no one formed a team and a plan to help this guy?
I CANNOT BELIEVE EVERYONE WOULD STAND THERE AND NOT DO SOMETHING.
What?! The strong/trained firefighters don’t get paid enough to take a risk to walk out into water neck-deep and effect a rescue? I understand the water rescue team was cut, but c’mon! They couldn’t have done something? A trained team of firefighters couldn’t have hatched a successful plan to rescue this fellow? Sure they could have. You KNOW they can. So what was it? Management? Liability concerns? What?! Had to be policy.
This was someone’s son out there, desperately in need! Between the APD and the AFD something surely could have been done in the first 30 minutes, but 90?! That and the USCG was nowhere to be found. And this wreaks of the samo samo from the USCG: like the crude oil spill we called them for, and they refused to investigate because they would have to start up a boat at night to go have a look. Hello?! Isn’t that their freaking job?!
A civilian for crissake went out and retrieved the body!!!!!!!!!!
The KGO news story is here.
IT’S TIME TO MOVE OUR FIRE SERVICES OVER TO COUNTY. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!
Time and time again, the AFD fails to respond to toxic events using contemporary standards that would protect us; their choices have caused significant pollution to our bodies, water, air and land. And now this. THIS IS SO DISTURBING.