Residents of Walton on Thames will be aware that the man who fell into the river several weeks ago was recovered this week by Walton Bridge. They may even have witnessed a SAR vehicle arriving at speed after a blue light run from Woking, singled crewed and without any actual equipment.
It seems that one of the paramedics on scene escalated what appeared to be a bog-standard body recovery to a rescue, triggering the Fire Service’s water rescue PDA, including SURSAR.
Needless to say once they all arrived, one after an exciting BLR through north Surrey, they were immediately stood down as the job was in fact….. a body recovery.
So, who was this brave paramedic, who went against the flow, contradicted the police and fire service personnel on scene and insisted on a SURSAR response? Seems it was one of the trustee’s girlfriends.
Anything for a blue light run. eh?