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Mark Ribbands's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by Mark Ribbands

Comment 6 by Richard Dawkins Yes, I see exactly what you mean. And in many cases they go into it recklessly, without adequate preparation and inadequately equipped, which could justly arouse the ire of the rescue services. I don't think Sarah Outen could be accused of that. She has one hugely successful crossing to her credit, which was extremely well prepared. And also well prepared was the present voyage, which was well on its way to success before the typhoon struck. I think a typhoon is something nobody could reasonably be expected to budget for.

Richard: I absolutely was not referring to Sarah Outen specifically, since I have no knowledge of the lady, or her planning skills, and certainly defer to your superior knowledge in this case.

Mine was a generic question which I though might lead to interesting debate, that’s all.

Mind you, typhoons are not exactly a rare occurrence this time of year!

What got me thinking was how when cases like this are reported, it is often the victim who is described as the ‘hero’ (I detest that word) when it was they who wanted to be in the sea/snow/storm/mountain in the first place, rather than the rescue crews who very possibly, at that time, did not.

Comment 7 by Sample

I wasn’t talking about the cost of rescue operations. There’s a lot of tripe talked about this. When not deployed on live operations, rescue aircraft are not sat on the ground rusting: they’ll be engaged on training flights, frequently in reality just messing about overflying friends’ houses, running errands for the Colonel, and suchlike. There are also huge costs which accrue whether the equipment is flown or not.

I was referring to the potential reckless endangerment of somebody who might not be you.

I can argue the case both ways.

I used to fly helicopters for pleasure and profit, but nearly always on nice sunny days, when the wind was calm gusting one knot, and learned to have nothing but admiration for those who wrestle with these infernal machines during foul weather conditions.

But no one goes into the rescue services thinking it will be easy. In reality I suspect the crews relish the opportunity to deploy on a live operation, so one could argue that maidens in distress provide the crews a welcome opportunity to display their skill.

Were reckless sports, adventures, and danger of all types to be outlawed, I suppose everyone could go to work for the HSE instead, pushing paper about rather than actually doing or achieving anything, but I suspect such employment might not appeal to the kind of men who willingly fly aircraft into typhoons.

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 23:20:41 UTC | #946461