There’s a growing controversy this week after a man drowned in San Francisco Bay while police and firefighters watch from the shore. Crews reportedly could not rescue the suicidal man because of a policy tied to budget cuts.
This happened in Alameda, which is across the bay from San Francisco.
A 911 call was made reporting the man had waded into the bay.
He reportedly stood in the 54-degree water for nearly an hour walking further and further out in front of a crowd of 75 people, including the firefighters and police officers.
He eventually drowned and police and firefighters said they wanted to save the man.
However, a policy strictly forbids them from carrying out water rescues. They said it's a funding issue and that they don't have the equipment or the training.
The coast guard was also called into help, but they said they couldn't because the water was too shallow to get a boat close enough to the man
A civilian ended up pulling him out of the water
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