Thursday, June 30, 2011

Masshole situational awareness (or not.)

Situation awareness, situational awareness, or SA, is the perception of environmental elements with respect to time and/or space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status after some variable has changed, such as time. It is also a field of study concerned with perception of the environment critical to decision-makers in complex, dynamic areas from aviation, air traffic control, power plant operations, military command and control, and emergency services such as fire fighting and policing; to more ordinary but nevertheless complex tasks such as driving an automobile or bicycle.

Situation awareness (SA) involves being aware of what is happening around you to understand how information, events, and your own actions will impact your goals and objectives, both now and in the near future. -- Wikipedia.

Body found in public pool 2 days after victim drowned.


daniel said...

I jumped into a pool and pulled a guy out who was drowning. He was surrounded by at least 50 adults, all withing 20 feet. I was the only one who saw him in trouble.

Anonymous said...

Thats great Daniel and congratulations.
This incident isn't about actively seeing someone drown, This incident is about how hundreds of people over a period of two days completely missed a body in a public pool, in broad daylight, after hours when even a cursory glance should/would have shown at least something. Thats HUNDREDS each day, adults and children of most ages, and the pool isn't that large or deep.

What baffles me is, the victim was a fairly dark complected black woman who's skin color highly contrasted the bright light blue pool bottom. Assuming she had a bathing suit on, her full arms, legs and head were exposed.

To boot, there more than a few lifeguards on duty(meaningless in today's day and age, watch your own kids)AND, there was even a state inspection done of the pool during the time frame. Hmm, to say that someone's ass is in a sling over this would be a major understatement.

Wait until the civil claims of mental issues start rolling in by the public....traumatized by the situation. Like the frauds that pile onto a bus through the windows to make a claim of injury, the frauds of Fall River will come out of the woodwork. It'll be like Christmas in July.

daniel said...

Yeah, that was really the point of my post. I wasn't looking for accolades for a thirty+ year old incident.
I meant to point out the utter cluelessness of the average person. If you can miss someone actively drowning, it's not too much of a stretch to miss something on the bottom of a pool. The cadaver was undoubtedly floating, though, which raises the whole incident to the level of "incomprehensible", at least in my mind.
I agree with someones ass being in a sling. It certainly should be. I can't wait to see what kind of BS story they come up with around this one.

Anonymous said...

The body would likely not have been floating "yet" as the water is still quite cold and also full of chlorine, both of which inhibit bacterial growth in the gut(the source of gas which bloats a body and makes it buoyant as time passes).

Even on the bottom, I fail to understand how so many people could miss something so big and contrasting to the pools overall color.

I've resolved to accept that "cluelessness" of the masses as the only possible and viable explaination.

This country is in worse shape than I thought. God help us!!!

Oh, and regardless of the passage of time, you still deserve accolades...well done brother!!!