When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have the Sea

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.

via Brighton sea death: Off-duty police officer dies after rescue – BBC News.

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.

5 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have the Sea

  1. Hayabusa

    Went into the ocean shortly before midnight? Yeah, sounds like suicidal intent to me, and/or overconsumption of Judgment Juice. (Note: Categories not mutually exclusive).

  2. Aesop

    Avg water temp there is mid-40s F in Feb (running 44-47F now), with max time to unconsciousness post-immersion at near side of 30-60 minutes.
    And as noted, entering at 23:40 hrs, nearly 5 hours after dark.
    Whether by alcohol, stupidity, ignorance, or design, this was suicide.

    Single, no kids: Darwin Award, First Class.
    Right, you! Out of the gene pool, straightaway!”

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