Is it time for Health and Safety to Interfere?

  Pesala 11:21 14 Nov 2008

Should this couple click here be allowed to put themselves and others at risk?

It seems to me that they are ill-prepared, untrained, and foolhardy. About 75 miles each way at little more than 5 miles per hour during the Winter months? No liferaft, no previous seafaring experience, presumably no navigation equipment either. Apparently no protection for the engine to stop it getting wet.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 12:19 14 Nov 2008

This is nature's way of refining the human gene pool.


  Quickbeam 12:54 14 Nov 2008

Ah, but they've got new hi-viz jackets...

  Woolwell 13:22 14 Nov 2008

Unfortunately someone may have to put their life at risk if they have to be rescued.

  Forum Editor 17:48 14 Nov 2008

and he calls the Dover-Calais crossing 'the girlie way to do it". He's supremely confident, so he thought he might as well risk his wife's life, too.

GANDALF <|:-)>'s comment is spot on.

  laurie53 20:09 14 Nov 2008

Health & Safety legislation is meant to provide protection to people at work, and to people not at work who may be affected by somebody else's work undertaking.

These people are not at work and while their eventual rescuers will be, their risks will have been carefully calculated and evaluated and, hopefully, reduced to an acceptable level.

While it would be nice to find some way of stopping such foolhardiness, like people who start up Ben Nevis in flip flops and t shirts, it is very difficult.

  peter99co 22:37 14 Nov 2008

People jump off sea cliffs and they have to be rescued by inshore lifeboats and don't even get a bill for the service given. As far as I know none of the rescuers have been harmed but there is always a first time.

  24/7 00:52 15 Nov 2008

Its all going to go "PETE TONG" imho...

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