An injured woman lay for six hours at the foot of a disused mine shaft because safety rules banned firefighters from rescuing her, an inquiry heard yesterday. As Alison Hume was brought to the surface by mountain rescuers she died of a heart attack.
A senior fire officer at the scene admitted that crews could only listen to her cries for help, after she fell down the 60ft shaft, because regulations said their lifting equipment could not be used on the public. A memo had been circulated in Strathclyde Fire and Rescue stations months previously stating that it was for use by firefighters only.
It's kind of amazing: I'm sitting here not(yet at least) saying the things I ought to. I guess because I can't think of a truly fitting way to describe the people involved in this. And the ending of the article makes it even better:
A firefighter, Alexander Dunn, was lowered with oxygen and first-aid equipment. He was with Ms Hume for four hours until the mountain team arrived. He told the inquiry that the time taken to rescue her was “excessive”. Mr Dunn, 51, who is retired, was critical of the subsequent fire service debriefing, saying it failed to address key points.
So one of the bastards was actually down there with her, but they couldn't manage to find enough of what's left of their testicles to pull her out... Because deity forbid they should disobey the fucking memo...
Usually I don't say things like this, but I thank God some of my ancestors got the hell out of Britain long ago, while more of the people there still had their testicles and ovaries.