I was aghast to hear today's headline story from Manchester, that "Two community support officers looked on as a boy of ten drowned because they had not been trained to deal with such an emergency."
This wasn't the sea or a raging river, it was a pond and from the look of it, the lad was only feet from the edge.
It's a normal human response to attempt to save the life of another human being, particularly a child. I've been in a similar situation myself and it's not something one really thinks twice about before one gets wet.
What was, I wonder going through their minds as they watched the tragedy unfold? Perhaps neither could swim or perhaps a high-visibility set of water-wings wasn't available? Maybe we'll never know!
This is another example of our health and safety obsessed society gone mad; rather like the young man who died in the recent floods, you recall, drowning because the paramedics and police would not amputate his foot in case he contacted blood-poisoning as a consequence.
Death is, of course, the worst possible form of ill-health but "Sorry lad, health and safety regulations I'm afraid, we'll have to let you drown!"
Manchester Police commented: ""It would have been inappropriate for PCSOs, who are not trained in water rescue, to enter the pond."
What's your view?