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Budget cuts force Calif. police and firemen to watch man drown


Police and firemen in Alameda, California watched a man drown on Monday after realizing they did not have proper certifications for water rescue, leaving them open to possible lawsuits if they attempted to save him.

The drowning victim, 53-year-old Raymond Zack, was apparently suicidal, according to a report from the scene. He waded out about 150 yards into cold waters off Crown Beach in Alameda and took about an hour to drown himself.

A crowd of about 75 gathered to watch the bizarre scene, which saw police and firemen just standing at shoreline watching helplessly. After the man had drowned, authorities couldn’t even go into the surf to retrieve the body. They instead recruited a passer-by for the job.

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Comment by Joe Tittiger
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Where were the clueless  sheeple?  Can't any of the sheep swim?

Comment by Joe Tittiger
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Do we need further proof that we need to take this government down?

Comment by mike chavez
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Ha! "Budget cuts are the cause" The article mentions in the first paragraph that the cause is legislation. What a joke this government has turned into.
Comment by H. Skip Robinson
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There are two things really unconscionable about this situation and both are related to government.  One, proper certification to save a persons, life when that is the very essence of what they are paid to do?  Secondly, that the judicial system has been so convoluted by frivolous law suits and bad judical decisions that attempted to save or protect someone including yourselve becomes a potential liability? 

1. Licensure Laws? Do they protect the public or the Licensee?

2. Government bureaucrats? Are the protecting the public or the bureacracy?

3. The Judicary? There is no reasonable question that can be asked here as it has always been the ultimate source of graft and corruption and the ultimate protection racket for those in political power.