One of the lads I know has just popped this up in IRC, of a known suicidal guy, and the emergency services unwilling to go in to the water and rescue the guy. https://rt.com/usa/news/california-rescue-workers-watch-man-drowns/ Reason..... they was not certified to do so, and would be breaking the law! Screw the legalities, if someone's life is in danger, most would not give a second thought, and would go in there, and get they guy out of the water, and to hell with any legalities. This sort of thing is not just restricted to the US, as I have seen similar happen before in the UK, though most emergency staff use their own judgement, and decide if they go in or not. It's a dangerous job they do, and I for one, am grateful of their help in my hour of need, but following this "nanny state" idea, is a bit like joining the armed forces and refusing to go in to combat, as there is a risk you may suffer harm..... For god sake, joining the emergency services, you should expect a real risk of harm to yourself, however small. It's the nature of the job!