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Rescued Divers Heroes Or Fools

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					Rescued Divers' Heroes Or Fools?
Remember I talked about the furore created by the 2 scuba divers who came
up 200m away from their dive site and were then 'lost' at sea for 19hrs -
and all the fuss and fanfare that's gone on since?
Well, it's not over yet. I picked this up from News.com.au and was
written by an irate citizen, Larissa Cummings:
"It's hard not to be cynical when comparing the plight of the hard-
working majority - those who consider nabbing a seat on the train each
morning an extreme sport - with those lucky rescued divers Richard Neely
and Allyson Dalton."
For the simple feat of "surviving" their extreme sport - which also
happens to be their job - the couple has been showered with lucrative
publishing deals, while the rest of us who live safely and quietly are
struggling to afford a holiday. " So says Larissa.
But the rumbles have seeped through all walks of society.
President of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Gary Raymond is worried
about the message it sends when people are able to make money from their
"acts of stupidity".
"It makes them out to be survivor heroes, but if they don't obey the
rules of their sport they are just survivor fools," he said.
"It should be mandatory for people who do extreme activities to have
insurance and, if they don't, they should pay the cost of the rescue." (A
good point I think - my comment)
Mr Raymond said it would send a more preventative message if Neely and
Dalton donated all of the money from their story to the rescue
associations that saved their lives.
"These sports have rules for a reason. Like the caver (Geoff McDonnell,
who got stuck in the Wombeyan Caves) a few weeks ago, these people broke
the rules. The chance of the casualty rate rising after that is huge
because we have to go into the same environment in which they got
themselves into trouble," he said.
Geoff McDonnell, a diabetic man, was trapped for two days in the Wombeyan
Caves in the New South Wales southern highlands. Although an experienced
caver, McDonnell went into a remote cave alone on Friday evening to take
photographs. At 7:00pm he became trapped after a rock fall. The alarm was
raised by other cavers on Saturday morning and he was located at about
9pm on Sunday night by rescue workers. This team was made up of about 30
people, including members of the South Coast Rescue Squad, Binalong
Rescue Squad and NSW Police.
Mr McDonnell says the emergency crews saved his life.
He now says his solo caving days are over.
So - back to the subject of insurance. It makes senses doesn't it? You're
voluntarily participating in an extreme sport - so why take a foolhardy
risk by not protecting yourself against an accident... Think of it as an
unselfish act. By protecting yourself you are also ensuring that rescue
services get paid for the time, effort, and the expertise they give you
when coming to your aid.
To learn more about this and other extreme sports go to
http://www.xtremesport4u.wordpress.com
Here we discuss such varying sports as kite surfing, to wingsuit flying
author: Lola Jones

				
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