The Telegraph reports that a week ago today, West Mercia police, obedient to safety regulations, left a five-year-old trapped in a submerged car for close to two hours waiting for properly-trained specialists to arrive.
The five-year-old girl, her-six year-old brother and their father Chris Grady were in the car when it plunged into the river Avon in Evesham, Worcestershire, on Thursday morning.
Mr Grady and his son Ryan, managed to escape from the submerged car. They were helped clear by police officers on the riverbank.
However, Mr Gradyâ€™s daughter, Gabrielle, was trapped inside the vehicle for 97 minutes before the closest police dive team, based in the next county, could arrive. The divers then took a further 12 minutes to rescue her.
The officers already on the scene were prevented from diving in earlier to rescue her by police safety regulations.
The little girl remained in a critical state in hospital yesterday while her brother yesterday began to make a recovery.
He was well enough to sit up in bed and talk to family at his bedside.
West Mercia police admitted last night that safety regulations barred normal police officers from jumping into rivers to try to save people.
A police spokesman said the closest available police dive team was Avon and Somerset constabulary.
“Their team arrived within 97 minutes of the original request being made.
“Once they had arrived it took only a further 12 minutes to rescue the child from the submerged vehicle.
“At the time of the original request Avon and Somerset Dive Team were involved in an underwater search for a missing person in Gloucestershire.
“Police officers are not trained or equipped to enter rivers in order to rescue people.
“They are trained and equipped to make rescues from riverbanks.
“The risk involved in untrained and ill-equipped officers entering the water in these circumstances are generally too high to contemplate.
The American Pseudo-Intelligentsia desires above all things that the United States should become ever more like Europe. The tragedy in Worcestershire demonstrates that the brave new Progressive world all tidily ruled over and arranged into order by centralized authority leaves no room for initiative, improvisation, and reckless courage, no room for humanity. Yet, in a real emergency, it is precisely the unruly individual, the human being willing to risk everything and to ignore the rulebook, that makes the critical difference. They’ve done an excellent job of eliminating people like that in the socialist bureaucracies of modern Europe, including Britain.