AArmy Major fined after girl drowns

#1
Not like the local paper to get the facts wrong, but a tradegy none the less.

Evening Express - Article - Major fined £5,000 after canoe drowning tragedy

Kaylee was a local army cadet who was on a camp over on the West Coast when the Rib she was in flipped in heavy seas. She was trapped under the boat due to her life jacket being for adults and thus too buoyant, pinning her to the underside.

Unfortunately a head count was not done and she was not discovered for 90 minutes. She did not survive.

The (ACF) Officer incharge, Major George McCallum was fined £5000 after he admitted charges related to health and safety.

Strangely, the coxwain of the boat, who's judgement was called into question for travelling at speed in rough seas, was not charged.

He was in over all charge of the exercise, but others were in charge of safety. Seems he may have taken the fall for others?
 
#5
Weren't they in Rigid Raiders... not canoes.

Maj McCallum IS the CEO mentioned in the accident. He was also the ECO, and skipper of the Rigid Raider that capsized....

he also 'obtained' the raiders for teh ACF and was the SME during the exercise.
 
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#6
Major George McCallum was at the time also a Company Commander in 7 SCOTS, the ACF was his "Day" Job

The Raider was an old bit of kit and the only one to Cox it was George, due to the fact no one else was qualified. it was also used as a safety boat when our pioneer platoon was playing on water or with bridges (Small ones)


No excuse to cut corners when kids life's are involved, maybe a few more ACF types should take note.
 
#7
I've got to be honest, I think the reports are very confusing (and I mean the marine boards and Sherrifs) in that they don't mention anyone by name, nor in any way have a CLEAR way of showing who is who.
 
#8
The Major was the CEO.

*edit: in the time it took me to read the report then click send on this post the question had already been answered.
 
#11
So, going by the report and with the caveat that I wasn't at the trial.

He lead a poorly planned and briefed event, in a boat that hadn't been safety checked and was fitted with a powerful offset engine whose effects he didn't properly understand. He was missing / had out of date safety equipment. The cadets where wearing completely unsuitable life jackets and he somehow failed to notice that the self-bailers were still up despite the fact he would have been stood in 6 to 8 inches of standing water as he was going along.

He should consider himself very,very lucky that he only received a fine and before anyone starts bleating about him having to live with it the rest of his life; that's more than the cadet can do thanks to his gross incompetence.
 
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#12
I don't like anyone being "hung out to dry" but the Major was responsible for the Health & Safety of all involved and procedures (Risk Assessments etc) don't appear to have been written let alone followed so in my opinion he got off quite lightly, at least he's still kicking & breathing!
 
#13
Many thanks for that, I was under the impressions that CEO's where usually colonels which through me a little, I hope they learn from it.

I feel for the guy he has to live with those events.


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CEO are generally Lt Col.

CEOs are genereally brought in, but must have commissioned in Reg or TA. Technically a 2Lt could become a Lt Col over night, if they thought he had what they wanted.

However all ACF offciers are Lts, with the higher ranks only 'acting'.

In this case he was a Maj in the TA (as mentioned above) so his TA rank took precedence to the ACF 'rank'.

There is a fair bit of information about how to do both \acF and TA in the ACF Manual.
 
#15
No excuse to cut corners when kids life's are involved, maybe a few more ACF types should take note.
Maybe a few more people than 'ACF types' should take note.

This was a poorly planned and executed event which resulted in an inexcusable loss of a young life. But the ACF are not the only organisation to suffer a fatality on a poorly planned and executed event are they?
 
#16
Mess webley and a class of malt:(
 
#17
I've got to be honest, I think the reports are very confusing (and I mean the marine boards and Sherrifs) in that they don't mention anyone by name, nor in any way have a CLEAR way of showing who is who.
That's because inquests are not about apportioning blame, and have to be mindful of subsequent civil or criminal proceedings

Sad tale which hopefully gets put to rest.
I'd sooner it stays on the minds of others to reduce the risk of history repeating itself -


CEO are generally Lt Col.
Pretty sure the establishment is Major. The ACF has a habit of appointing ex military a rank higher

Maybe a few more people than 'ACF types' should take note.

This was a poorly planned and executed event which resulted in an inexcusable loss of a young life. But the ACF are not the only organisation to suffer a fatality on a poorly planned and executed event are they?
Agreed, and the ACF should also be willing to learn these lessons from any source, military or civvie.
 
#18
I'd sooner it stays on the minds of others to reduce the risk of history repeating itself -
This case and two other incidents invovling a fatality feature quite heavily in various courses. That this is used on WaSO(B) is unsurprising too.
 
#19
That's because inquests are not about apportioning blame, and have to be mindful of subsequent civil or criminal proceedings
But it isn't hiding who did what... you can work it out but it is very confusing.

Quite right, I was confusing CEO with DepComdt.
 
#20
Where were the girls friends? One can see how a instructor may miss a student but the girl will have sat next to her buddies. Didn't they not notice her missing on the way back?

Later edit: it's in the report.

"It is possible that, in the ensuing confusion, the female instructor, who was young and not wearing a dry suit or helmet like other instructors, was counted as a cadet, or even counted twice. As the cadets came from different detachments across the county and were seated in the boats on a first come first served basis, this would also have reduced the possibility of the cadets and instructors realising that ‘a friend’ was missing."

It's a tragedy
 
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