In our ongoing series of unhappy examples of the general principle that anything can kill you, we give you the sea, specifically the North Sea, which claimed the life of a British policeman at the end of last month. The Beeb:
An off-duty police officer has died after getting into difficulties in the sea off the coast of Sussex.
PC Steven Williams, 29, who was based with the British Transport Police at Finsbury Park in north London, had gone into the sea off Brighton beach.
He entered the sea at Kings Road Arches on Sunday at 23:40 GMT. A woman who went into the water to help him managed to get out and raise the alarm.
He was rescued after a major air and sea search but died later in hospital.
Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “Steven had his whole career ahead of him and he will be terribly missed by his colleagues and friends here.
We note that “a woman entered the water to help him” — perhaps British pluck is not extinct.
Brighton beach is a popular English recreational destination, but to say that late January is “out of season” is a colossal understatement. We can’t ask the late PC Williams what he was thinking, but the circumstances seem suggestive of suicide.
May God have mercy on his soul.