posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 03:50 PM
Again, just to make sure this event is properly characterized, which is not being done in this thread with it's terrible title. If all we see is,
'OMG he dove in and pulled a drowning girl out of a raging river and they arrested him, the sheriff is stupid' we are in danger of playing the role
of the mindless manipulated muppett, which is set up for those silly enough to "fight" the PTB on their field of battle on their terms.
--the girl was not in the water at the time of the incident.
--She was sitting safely on the riverbank on the opposite side of the river from the rescuers.
--They were in contact with her. She said she was OK. She was in the river for about 5 minutes, swam to the riverbank and had been waiting there for
about 30 minutes before she was found by search and rescue.
--The rescue focus was getting her from one side of the river to another. She was not in danger.
That said, she was 13 years old. She may have had internal injuries, concussion, in shock, hypothermia, etc.
The issue to discuss is disobeying a "lawful order". The rafter was told by the sheriff to not go in the water. He thought, given his experience
and abilities, he could easily make the swim to the other side and thought the girl needed someone with her, so he swam over. And they arrested him
when it was all done.