Family donates £500 to help river rescue boat

Family donates £500 to help river rescue boat

Family donates £500 to help river rescue boat

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A YORK family has donated £500 to the York Rescue Boat, in the hope it will inspire others to do the same.

David Wardell, who runs the Chowdene camping and caravan site with his family, said they felt strongly that something needed to be done to help prevent further tragedies in the city's rivers.

Mr Wardell said he had known a work friend who died in the Ouse in the 1970s, and had seen bodies pulled from the river on a number of occasions since then, so if there was any way to help prevent further deaths, it was worth a try.

He said: "The people who are drowning at the moment are affected by drink, and they are gone in seconds.

"Any death upsets the family, it's terrible, and with the river it could be weeks before the family find out."

Since January, four people have died in the Ouse and the Foss in York, and the York Rescue Boat charity, set up by Dave Benson, wants to raise £35,000 to run a boat on the River Ouse during busy times, to try to prevent people jumping in, but also rescue those who might.

Last week, the charity was given a boost in the shape of a Land Rover by local dealer Armstrong Massey, which will be used first for fundraising, and later to move the boat around, and Mr Wardle said the action of the local business inspired his family to donate.

He said: "We're giving £500 towards the £35,000 target, but if other businesses follow our example, we could have that in a week. Hotels and pubs near the river should be donating something.

"I don't know whether the boat will help or not, because if they are going to go in, they are going to go in, but if it's there, like a lifeboat, it's a good idea. You're better off having something there than nothing at all. Someone's had a good idea, so let's all back them."

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12:09pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CommonSense!! says...

What a lovely gesture to a great project.
What a lovely gesture to a great project. CommonSense!!
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Thu 7 Aug 14

JoeyBee says...

"I don't know whether the boat will help or not, because if they are going to go in, they are going to go in, but if it's there, like a lifeboat, it's a good idea. You're better off having something there than nothing at all. Someone's had a good idea, so let's all back them."

It's not the case that there is nothing at all, the Fire service have a rescue boat permanently on the river and have done for number of years, they have even been to the pub I work at to give us training if someone falls in,
maybe we should give the money to the professionals, any actions to reduce river deaths is a good thing and the people trying to help should be praised for it, and the Firemen as well
"I don't know whether the boat will help or not, because if they are going to go in, they are going to go in, but if it's there, like a lifeboat, it's a good idea. You're better off having something there than nothing at all. Someone's had a good idea, so let's all back them." It's not the case that there is nothing at all, the Fire service have a rescue boat permanently on the river and have done for number of years, they have even been to the pub I work at to give us training if someone falls in, maybe we should give the money to the professionals, any actions to reduce river deaths is a good thing and the people trying to help should be praised for it, and the Firemen as well JoeyBee
  • Score: 2

2:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Yorkvet says...

JoeyBee wrote:
"I don't know whether the boat will help or not, because if they are going to go in, they are going to go in, but if it's there, like a lifeboat, it's a good idea. You're better off having something there than nothing at all. Someone's had a good idea, so let's all back them."

It's not the case that there is nothing at all, the Fire service have a rescue boat permanently on the river and have done for number of years, they have even been to the pub I work at to give us training if someone falls in,
maybe we should give the money to the professionals, any actions to reduce river deaths is a good thing and the people trying to help should be praised for it, and the Firemen as well
Do we not give our money to the professionals through our taxes?
These guys are setting up a charity to aid the current services and help the community. Surely there is nothing negative in that. It can only be positive. It's not costing a penny to anyone that doesn't donate so I for one will give them my support.
[quote][p][bold]JoeyBee[/bold] wrote: "I don't know whether the boat will help or not, because if they are going to go in, they are going to go in, but if it's there, like a lifeboat, it's a good idea. You're better off having something there than nothing at all. Someone's had a good idea, so let's all back them." It's not the case that there is nothing at all, the Fire service have a rescue boat permanently on the river and have done for number of years, they have even been to the pub I work at to give us training if someone falls in, maybe we should give the money to the professionals, any actions to reduce river deaths is a good thing and the people trying to help should be praised for it, and the Firemen as well[/p][/quote]Do we not give our money to the professionals through our taxes? These guys are setting up a charity to aid the current services and help the community. Surely there is nothing negative in that. It can only be positive. It's not costing a penny to anyone that doesn't donate so I for one will give them my support. Yorkvet
  • Score: 3

3:44pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CommonSense!! says...

JoeyBee wrote:
"I don't know whether the boat will help or not, because if they are going to go in, they are going to go in, but if it's there, like a lifeboat, it's a good idea. You're better off having something there than nothing at all. Someone's had a good idea, so let's all back them."

It's not the case that there is nothing at all, the Fire service have a rescue boat permanently on the river and have done for number of years, they have even been to the pub I work at to give us training if someone falls in,
maybe we should give the money to the professionals, any actions to reduce river deaths is a good thing and the people trying to help should be praised for it, and the Firemen as well
The fire brigade boat is, and to the best of my knowledge always has been, on a call out basis.

The idea behind the Rescue Boat, as I understand it, is to be on the river at times when there is an increased risk of people going in.
[quote][p][bold]JoeyBee[/bold] wrote: "I don't know whether the boat will help or not, because if they are going to go in, they are going to go in, but if it's there, like a lifeboat, it's a good idea. You're better off having something there than nothing at all. Someone's had a good idea, so let's all back them." It's not the case that there is nothing at all, the Fire service have a rescue boat permanently on the river and have done for number of years, they have even been to the pub I work at to give us training if someone falls in, maybe we should give the money to the professionals, any actions to reduce river deaths is a good thing and the people trying to help should be praised for it, and the Firemen as well[/p][/quote]The fire brigade boat is, and to the best of my knowledge always has been, on a call out basis. The idea behind the Rescue Boat, as I understand it, is to be on the river at times when there is an increased risk of people going in. CommonSense!!
  • Score: 5

6:15pm Thu 7 Aug 14

JoeyBee says...

Is the new boat going to be fitted with a crystal ball ? will it know when people fall into the river ? as far as I know the boat will be on the water on race days and saturday nights but only until 6pm most of the people who have tragically lost their lives have done so in the small hour of the morning 2am 3am, as I said (which you seem to have not read ) I have nothing but praised for all it's supporters.
Is the new boat going to be fitted with a crystal ball ? will it know when people fall into the river ? as far as I know the boat will be on the water on race days and saturday nights but only until 6pm most of the people who have tragically lost their lives have done so in the small hour of the morning 2am 3am, as I said (which you seem to have not read ) I have nothing but praised for all it's supporters. JoeyBee
  • Score: -2

6:46pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Yorkvet says...

JoeyBee wrote:
Is the new boat going to be fitted with a crystal ball ? will it know when people fall into the river ? as far as I know the boat will be on the water on race days and saturday nights but only until 6pm most of the people who have tragically lost their lives have done so in the small hour of the morning 2am 3am, as I said (which you seem to have not read ) I have nothing but praised for all it's supporters.
Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours.
I'm sure the boat won't have a "crystal ball" (unless mystic meg will donate one to their charity) as you put it, but surely something on the river that is in contact with all the other town services on a night is better than nothing. If it can see vulnerable people by the river or gets communication of such persons, its presence can perhaps prevent anything from happening.
They are also aiming it at helping with floods and searches.
Considering you work in a river side bar that supplies the alcohol to the people jumping in, you do have some negativity to a project set up to make people aware of the dangers and look out for people.
Until the culture of pre-drinking, ridiculously low drink prices and the fascination of swimming a river drunk is sorted, it will continue to be a problem in York bringing bad press and potentially more loss of life.
[quote][p][bold]JoeyBee[/bold] wrote: Is the new boat going to be fitted with a crystal ball ? will it know when people fall into the river ? as far as I know the boat will be on the water on race days and saturday nights but only until 6pm most of the people who have tragically lost their lives have done so in the small hour of the morning 2am 3am, as I said (which you seem to have not read ) I have nothing but praised for all it's supporters.[/p][/quote]Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours. I'm sure the boat won't have a "crystal ball" (unless mystic meg will donate one to their charity) as you put it, but surely something on the river that is in contact with all the other town services on a night is better than nothing. If it can see vulnerable people by the river or gets communication of such persons, its presence can perhaps prevent anything from happening. They are also aiming it at helping with floods and searches. Considering you work in a river side bar that supplies the alcohol to the people jumping in, you do have some negativity to a project set up to make people aware of the dangers and look out for people. Until the culture of pre-drinking, ridiculously low drink prices and the fascination of swimming a river drunk is sorted, it will continue to be a problem in York bringing bad press and potentially more loss of life. Yorkvet
  • Score: 4

7:50pm Thu 7 Aug 14

JoeyBee says...

Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours.

I only wish this was true get your facts right 6pm boat off the river, and as for helping out in the floods not a chance
To the people who are starting the Rescue Boat charity I wish you the best of luck and hope you make a difference and have more common sense than Yorkvet, wonder if he is a vet ? and no i'm not a Bee.
Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours. I only wish this was true get your facts right 6pm boat off the river, and as for helping out in the floods not a chance To the people who are starting the Rescue Boat charity I wish you the best of luck and hope you make a difference and have more common sense than Yorkvet, wonder if he is a vet ? and no i'm not a Bee. JoeyBee
  • Score: -4

8:49pm Thu 7 Aug 14

dave benson says...

JoeyBee wrote:
Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours.

I only wish this was true get your facts right 6pm boat off the river, and as for helping out in the floods not a chance
To the people who are starting the Rescue Boat charity I wish you the best of luck and hope you make a difference and have more common sense than Yorkvet, wonder if he is a vet ? and no i'm not a Bee.
A fantastic and kind donation that will go a long way to help further the safety on the rivers of York. It really does

Joeybee, YorkVet has got his facts right! We will be out at the "high risk time". That will include the early hours of the morning. Something, which many of our fantastic volunteers have signed up to do. Also having had a friend that died in the river, maintaining a presence at the "hight risk times" is something I will be striving to ensure happens.
Could you please explain, why there is "not a chance" that we can help communities out if they need assistance in times of flooding?

I'm sorry you have a somewhat misguided view of this project and also feel you have to be a little hostile to our supporters i.e. Yorkvet, I do know him and know he is not a vet that helps animals, he is a military veteran with numerous combat tours under his belt.

We do take on board (pun intended) all suggestions, criticisms and feedback to ensure we can work towards our goal of reducing casualties and deaths on the rivers. Joeybee we would be happy to answer any of your question or concerns if you contact us via our website or email info@yorkrescueboat.
com.
[quote][p][bold]JoeyBee[/bold] wrote: Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours. I only wish this was true get your facts right 6pm boat off the river, and as for helping out in the floods not a chance To the people who are starting the Rescue Boat charity I wish you the best of luck and hope you make a difference and have more common sense than Yorkvet, wonder if he is a vet ? and no i'm not a Bee.[/p][/quote]A fantastic and kind donation that will go a long way to help further the safety on the rivers of York. It really does Joeybee, YorkVet has got his facts right! We will be out at the "high risk time". That will include the early hours of the morning. Something, which many of our fantastic volunteers have signed up to do. Also having had a friend that died in the river, maintaining a presence at the "hight risk times" is something I will be striving to ensure happens. Could you please explain, why there is "not a chance" that we can help communities out if they need assistance in times of flooding? I'm sorry you have a somewhat misguided view of this project and also feel you have to be a little hostile to our supporters i.e. Yorkvet, I do know him and know he is not a vet that helps animals, he is a military veteran with numerous combat tours under his belt. We do take on board (pun intended) all suggestions, criticisms and feedback to ensure we can work towards our goal of reducing casualties and deaths on the rivers. Joeybee we would be happy to answer any of your question or concerns if you contact us via our website or email info@yorkrescueboat. com. dave benson
  • Score: 7

9:13am Fri 8 Aug 14

CommonSense!! says...

JoeyBee wrote:
Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours.

I only wish this was true get your facts right 6pm boat off the river, and as for helping out in the floods not a chance
To the people who are starting the Rescue Boat charity I wish you the best of luck and hope you make a difference and have more common sense than Yorkvet, wonder if he is a vet ? and no i'm not a Bee.
Where are you getting your incorrect information?

To quote "get your facts right", it has been pointed out to you by the founder of the rescue boat that you are completely wrong.

Why peddle such nonsense when you clearly know very little about it? Or is is that for some odd reason you want to be perceived as an expert?

Most odd.
[quote][p][bold]JoeyBee[/bold] wrote: Its going to be on the river at "high risk times". Those high risk times being race days, student nights, fri and sat nights into the early hours. I only wish this was true get your facts right 6pm boat off the river, and as for helping out in the floods not a chance To the people who are starting the Rescue Boat charity I wish you the best of luck and hope you make a difference and have more common sense than Yorkvet, wonder if he is a vet ? and no i'm not a Bee.[/p][/quote]Where are you getting your incorrect information? To quote "get your facts right", it has been pointed out to you by the founder of the rescue boat that you are completely wrong. Why peddle such nonsense when you clearly know very little about it? Or is is that for some odd reason you want to be perceived as an expert? Most odd. CommonSense!!
  • Score: 4

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