Monday, 3 March 2008
can you save someone with your hands tied behind your back?
It seems not. The powers that be have decided in their wisdom to pass a law that states in laymans terms that if your boat is sinking and you are not on board the volunteer coast guard are not allowed to board and say plug the hole, initiate the bilge pumps, or tow the stricken vessel to safety. If they did try and save your asset that would be contrued as salvage and litigation is a minefield.
But they can come on board after asking the police permission to do so. In these cases time is of the essence and a phone call, cause the police don't monitor VHF might be too late.
Common sense has been hog tied or shackled and bow lined to the dock yet again.