09/23/2007

British police under orders not to save drowning victims

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By Daniel Foggo and Jack Grimston

WIGAN, Lancashire — The emergency services are being told not to attempt to save drowning people because of health and safety restrictions, it has emerged.

Amid a growing row over the failure of two police support officers to try to save a boy from drowning, both the police and the fire service disclosed this weekend that their frontline staff are instructed not to enter the water in case they put themselves in danger.

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