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U.K. Man Who Saved Girl Reprimanded

January 17, 2008 02:45 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Paul Waugh climbed onto a crumbling cliff edge to rescue a thirteen-year-old. He later resigned from the coastguard when his bosses complained he had flouted health and safety regulations.

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When Paul Waugh reached Faye Harrison, she was clinging 200 feet above the ground at Salburn-on-Sea in the north of England. She had been there for 45 minutes.

Forty-four-year-old Waugh, who was later nominated for an award, neglected to fetch his safety equipment from his vehicle. Instead, he went straight onto the cliff in the dark, finding his way using the light from a circling helicopter.

In a BBC Radio interview, he explained that his employers at Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency reprimanded him for breaching health and safety regulations.

A spokesman for the MCA said that it “was not looking for dead heroes.”

Explaining why he had acted with such speed, Waugh told the BBC, “If I’d have seen her fall, my life wouldn’t have been worth living.”

Headline Links: ‘Cliff Hero Resigns in Safety Row’

Reaction: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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