Australian manhood, 2021: I know half a dozen checkout chicks with more intrepidity.
SLSNSW recently released a list of COVID-safe measures for returning lifesavers, including wearing a mask, goggles and gloves, and reducing patrols to six people.
But one safety measure that’s concerning some is the directive to no longer provide ‘rescue breaths’ to those pulled unconscious from the water.
One lifesaver, who asked not to be named, said this could be a significant problem.
“Normally when you pull someone out of the surf you do two rescue breaths — we’re told not to do that this year because of COVID.”
He said the directive didn’t extend to children, in which case the lifesaver had to decide if he felt ‘comfortable’ administering the breaths.
This is institutional sociopathy and cowardice of a kind Australia may never live down. Pie-eating surrender monkeys, the French might call us. A person not “comfortable” saving a child’s life has no business masquerading as a lifesaver. Obviously.