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To think the people who went out just to take pictures of the storms and high tides were being irresponsible?

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Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Fri 03-Jan-14 18:09:20

So there was a weather warning, and advice from the emergency services not to go and gawp at it. So what is on the news? People out taking photos, going for walks along the front etc. Why? Are they stupid?

lljkk Fri 03-Jan-14 20:44:09

*No harm to spectators, I meant!

WooWooOwl Fri 03-Jan-14 20:54:30

YANBU, but I think I'd be tempted if I was nearby and knew of somewhere that was likely to be safe.

BoneyBackJefferson Fri 03-Jan-14 21:06:14


The implication is that maybe some of these people had no where else to be.

(Some of them are just curious/idiots)

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Fri 03-Jan-14 22:33:53

Well that's ok then.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Fri 03-Jan-14 22:37:38

Yeah, I understood boney, but think most of them were just thrill seekers/reporters. Like I said, if you'd been kicked out of your B and B, doubt you would want to spend the day soaked. (But you do get idiots everywhere even working for the BBC

ProudAS Fri 03-Jan-14 23:05:41

How do you know that these photographers don't know what they're doing MNERS?

SantasPelvicFloor Fri 03-Jan-14 23:47:09

Well I 'wave watched' tonight with my DD. Safe and secure but close enough to catch spray. (I had my camera and it stayed dry.) It can be done but you do see some taking silly silly risks. You get surges so you stand at a distance thinking it's 'tame' and boring and then one sneaky big one comes over twice the size of the others. It's about respecting the sea and knowing sudden freak waves do come.

Terrortree Sat 04-Jan-14 01:40:04

On behalf of us twats, idiots and stupidos:

it's about respecting the sea

Clearly, some of us know something others don't. Darwinism rules both ways!

AgentZigzag Sat 04-Jan-14 02:02:26

I've just seen this story on the news (it's a yahoo news link wink).

Picture of a dad holding his small DD up to look at the sea over a wall and the next photo has a wave crashing over them both.

The mum was there and an older girl too, but Sky News seemed to just focus on the dad being irresponsible saying he's the 'UK's most wanted man', which I thought was a bit unfair.

All four of the family were lucky to get away alive and I don't believe for a second both parents thought anything more than a bit of spray would come over the wall, IMO all they were guilty of making the wrong call risk assessing the walk and who hasn't done that?

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sat 04-Jan-14 02:41:38

I think in this weather children should be in doors where it is warm and dry.

Sativa Sat 04-Jan-14 03:30:43

daisychain01 Sat 04-Jan-14 07:58:25

Definite contenders for the Darwin Awards.

I have long-since subcribed to the view that AirSea Rescue should be a pay-for service. People who climb up Ben Nevis, or even up Brecon Beacons in shorts and a pair of Tevas (sports sandals) are utter gits and should pay for the rescue service (after-the-fact of course)

LtEveDallas Sat 04-Jan-14 08:04:26

Bloody Hell Agent, that's a terrifying photo. How easily could that have been a tragedy.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Sat 04-Jan-14 08:17:39

My point was, if you are at a safe distance, fine. It was the ones going in the way of the waves who were monumentally stupid for risking themselves and others
Agree with Daisy, I live in an area where mountain rescue and air ambulance are essential and are not part of the emergency services, yet you get idiots thinking that they are immune from nature.

Damnautocorrect Sat 04-Jan-14 08:18:13

I'd want to go and see but I wouldn't be planning on getting close enough to be a problem.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Sat 04-Jan-14 08:24:03

daisychain01 hmm The reason is that MOD regard ASR as training. The very best training too: random intervals, all weathers, organic multiagency cooperation (a fall on Holyhead involves MR, Coastguard, RNLI and the RSPB).

Inappropriate kit can be a problem, but it's less than you might think. Look at the logs for the various MROs.And Tevas are perfectly acceptable for temperatures down to 5° just so long as you keep moving.

Mountain and coastal rescue in the UK is a mark of a civilised society.

ChristmasCareeristBitchNigel Sat 04-Jan-14 08:47:58

With kids yes...without, it's up to them

Their actions may well end up putting the lives of coastguard/lifeboat/search and rescue crews at risk, not to mention massive cost of rescue operations.

Weelady77 Sat 04-Jan-14 11:19:56

Agentzigzag, omg that's crazy the pics of the dad and his child!! Some people are just plain bonkers do they not realise the dangers

daisychain01 Sat 04-Jan-14 12:50:10

Be that as it may, Disgrace, yes I am sure they need those real world situations for training, however I still find people extraordinarily irresponsible and dont think beyond the moment when they dress inappropriately and fail to respect the elements. Lack of risk assessment, I call it - Tevas may be fine in above zero leisure conditions, but weather conditions can change at a stroke, such that one minute you are fine, then next a thick fog descends or you lose your way and then it becomes a crisis,

Mountain and coastal rescue in the UK is a mark of a civilised society fine, in an ideal world that is true but its like A & E at New Year, where people abuse the privilege and the services have to pick up the pieces.

An unpopular opinion on MN, maybe but a realistic one all the same. Somehow these services have to be funded - we support RNLI each year, as my DP and I have 25 years of experience in all sorts of outdoor pursuits including water pursuits (to depths of 100m) and appreciate the amazing service they do to help people in genuine need. I am sure the shorts and Teva brigade are in the minority, but its just the principle I was discussing here, along the same theme as ohwhats OP about people being irresponsible and not thinking more carefully before they do crazy things. They arent 'bomb-proof' but act like they are!!

comedycentral Sat 04-Jan-14 13:25:40

I took some! I have a long lens camera though and I kept my distance. Beautiful pictures of waves crashing.

Mignonette Sat 04-Jan-14 13:31:10

Well even Caitlin Moran was blathering on about wandering up mountains in the Lake Distrct in inappropriate dress last month and ending up lost. A local walker led them to safety.

My BIL was a Lifeboatman.

pigsDOfly Sat 04-Jan-14 13:48:52

Those pictures are terrifying Agentzigzag.. Stupid, stupid man to risk his child's life.

I could hear the sea from my garden last night (dog needed a pee in the early hours) and as amazing as it sounded there's no way I would be tempted to go and gawp at it when it's that wild.

A young boy was swept out to sea further along the coast in the storms we had at the end of the year and another one in my town around Christmas. What does it take for people to learn? And then, as others have said, the poor bloody lifeboat crews have to risk their lives out in the raging storms to look for them.

specialsubject Sat 04-Jan-14 13:50:56

a teenager has disappeared after being last seen with his camera. A life wasted and a family devastated.

the Aberystwyth RNLI have just fished out an idiot who set up his camera on the end of the jetty. Hope they charge him.

Rooners Sat 04-Jan-14 13:57:01

I think it is probably possible to look from a safe distance in some places yes.

It's about common sense really.

I would go and look from a while away but never, ever get down close to the big waves or get into a situation where we could be at risk.

Or in the way of/against advice from emergency services. They have enough to do.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Sat 04-Jan-14 19:47:28

I do feel sorry for that boy and his family though.

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