But These Days, Parents Won’t Be Parents…

Southend Coastguard Terence Coker, who responded to the incident, said the parents were planning to make a formal complaint.

“They were quite upset,” he said.

“The council have put notices up to warn people of the dangers, but kids will be kids.

“It won’t be the first rescue we’ve done, and it won’t be the last.”

You’re right about that, because Darwin was thwarted. And no, it’s not just children.

Mr Coker said he has attended three major incidents in the last year.

“One adult slipped and wedged himself between the rocks, we had to move the rocks to get him out,” he explained.

Should have left him there…

“During Southend Carnival last year, a young girl was down there with her friends and her friends’ parents.

“She had climbed down and got her leg wedged between the rocks.

“We had to try everything – including washing up liquid – to get her leg out.

“Eventually, the fire brigade came and moved the boulders using their hydraulics equipment.

“That was quite an eventful day for us.”

What an absolute waste of emergency service time.

Councillor Ann Holland, Southend’s executive councillor for culture, tourism and the economy, claims there are now enough signs, and more won’t make any difference.

She said: “It’s unfortunate that people don’t adhere to these warnings.

“We also have staff from the pier who come down to the lagoon to tell people to get off the rocks, but they often get a mouthful of abuse back at them.

“There’s not much else that we can do about it.

“It is really sad that a boy has been injured. But people have to act responsibly.”

Might as well wish for the moon.

Alicia Nichols, a mum-of-three from Rochford, said she would never let her children walk on the rocks.

“As a parent it’s my responsibility to watch my children and make sure they are safe. I’ve seen children as small as five on these rocks. The lagoon could be enjoyed if parents took more care.

“There’s no difference between this lagoon and the giant rocks on Shoebury beach. Parents need to take responsibility.”

But there’s always the alternative view:

Dominic Lodbrok, a prison officer from Southend, said: “It’s part of growing up. Keep wrapping kids in cotton wool and you raise a generation of brats.”

No, expecting people to rescue your brat when it’s ignored the signs and got itself into hot water is what’s breeding that.

7 comments for “But These Days, Parents Won’t Be Parents…

  1. Penseivat
    May 9, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Give the idiots who get stuck, or the parents if a child needs rescuing, the bill for the rescue. The warning notices could have this added. Also notify social services of the inability of parents to care for their children. I would suggest publication of this would concentrate the mind somewhat.

    • Errol
      May 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Those not bothered are going to be those on welfare. Always, the tax payer will be lumbered with the bill.

  2. opsimath
    May 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

    A sensible solution, Penseviat, and as such absolutely never to be adopted.

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      May 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      we don’t do common sensical in the UK – the cultural Marxist saw to that, we live in a world where shit outcomes are encouraged, shit parenting is marvelled at and then, there is no need to panic, it was all ordained.

      Society has collapsed, sixty years of dumbing down the education system has bestowed generation snowflake thus, the country is numb from the neck up, the cities are divided and ripe, lawlessness is the new law, censoring the internet and saving the crabs from plastic is the new crusade and the green agenda will immiserate, cause economic catastrophe and beget Northern Pakistan where the lights only work if you have a generator.

      The takeover cannot now be far away.

  3. Errol
    May 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Let them drown. In fact, stand there, pointing to the sign as the parents squeam and squeam for help.

  4. Pcar
    May 10, 2018 at 12:20 am

    @Penseivat, May 9, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Well said. Add “You will be jailed for putting yourself or others – inc rescuers – at risk”

    And: “Proceed beyond this sign at your own risk”

  5. Pcar
    May 10, 2018 at 12:21 am


    You know where I stand on this: stop all this H&S minimise risk & compo seeking BS; all it does is prevent Darwinian evolution by the stupid being removed from gene pool by their ill judged actions.

    No other species on Earth does this.

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