Yes, you read that right. The police and fire department crews stood on the shore of the Alameda Beach and watched while a man who was apparently suicidal waded into the San Francisco Bay. What in the world is wrong with this picture? Could you just stand idly by and watch someone who apparently was asking for help just drown? And the sad thing is that it was not only the police and fire department crews who watched but there were seventy five others in the crowd watching. I honestly do not know how any of them can sleep at night without having a guilty conscious or having nightmares.
The way the story goes is that this fifty year old man waded into the San Francisco Bay and stood there in water up to his neck for over an hour waiting for help. It seems to me that if he did not want help he would have waited until dark and just jumped off the bridge but to do it in daylight hours, which was a cry for help if I had ever heard one.
The “reason” that the police and fire department crew did noting because of budget cuts in 2009, the fire crew did not have the training or gear to enter the water. In addition, the water was too shallow for a Coast Guard boat. It basically boiled down to the fact that they could do nothing because of a policy.
After the fact that a man took his life, the city is going to spend forty thousand dollars to certify sixteen firefighters in land based water rescues.
Man kills self in San Francisco Bay as police watch
WBFO, on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:09:19 -0700
By Gabrielle Saveri SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Officials in the town of Alameda, California, are revising rescue procedures after the suicide of a man who waded into the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay and succumbed to hypothermia as firefighters and …
Drowning Death Pushes Alameda Officials To Address Water Rescue Training
FoxReno.com, on Tue, 31 May 2011 18:25:29 -0700
ALAMEDA, Calif. — For a community surrounded by water on all sides, the need for adequate water rescue training for emergency responders has become a top priority in Alameda after a suicidal man drowned Monday in front of police and firefighters. …