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Insufficient resources: Water rescue

Hazard Knowledge

Personnel without the required specialist skills have limited equipment and training to perform water rescues. Attempting rescue may be hazardous without the right level of expertise and specialist equipment. Personnel may face difficult, morally challenging situations and may have to make decisions in extremely hazardous, emotionally charged and fast-moving environments. They may face an uncontrolled situation where hazards are not yet identified and information is incomplete.

What is reasonably practicable to achieve will depend on the circumstances and demands of the incident and the available resources balanced against the identified hazards and evaluated risks.