Police told not to enter river to rescue drowning man because they

“I thought they would distract from any potential rescue efforts of that vehicle by boat crews by putting themselves in serious risk and which I didn’t believe would have a positive effect on what was happening at that time.”I would sum up by calling it risk vs reward. I wouldn’t have said that lightly. I felt the risk was too great in those circumstances.”Inspector Cross added he would have “happily reviewed” his decision if it was challenged by units at the scene.At 8.47pm, marine resources, boats brought by the fire service, were on the scene but no divers had reached the bank. Inspector Cross told the inquest in Woking, Surrey: “I recall the first I was aware of it was that sadly he had driven his van into the Thames – that was the first point I had any knowledge of Mr Byrne. “We had a call from a Mr Andrew Silk to say a male has driven a van into the river and the driver was still in it.”We called the fire services and the force dispatched our specialist resources. The call handler in the call centre was still getting information from the person on the other end of the call.” At 8.27pm, an order came through the police radio systems in which units were advised that no officers were to go in the water. Inspector Cross said he felt the risk was too great for officers to attempt to rescue Mr Byrne Inspector Cross said he felt the risk was too great for officers to attempt to rescue Mr ByrneCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS News Agency His body was recovered at 9.48pm.The hearing continues. John Byrne died after he entered the River Thames while in his vehicle Despite three 999 calls being received by police call operators, Inspector Cross confirmed that he only became aware of Mr Byrne at 8.20pm when a member of the public called the police. The incident took place at the River Thames near Shepperton in December 2016Credit:Peter Noyce/Alamy The coroner questioned: “Given it was a half hour after the vehicle submerged and no-one had been seen coming out the river. you’re not realistically expecting anyone to come out at this point?”Inspector Cross agreed and the inquest heard that it was not until 9.36pm that air bubbles could still be seen rising to the surface of the water from the 39-year-old’s sinking van and divers entered the water for the first time to confirm that he was dead.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police inspector told officers not to enter a river in an attempt to rescue a drowning man because they had no “significant training”, an inquest heard.Gary Cross admitted he instructed officers to not try to save John Byrne, a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf Club, by going into the River Thames.As officers watched from the river bank, Mr Byrne’s van became submerged and he drowned. His body was later pulled from the river following the incident at Shepperton, Surrey, in December 2016.The jury of seven men and four women heard that Mr Byrne, 39, had been heard screaming and shouting while his vehicle sank and began drifting down the Thames towards a lock. His van was found in water 12ft deep, 15ft from the river bank.Inspector Cross told how he was the officer in charge of the Surrey Police control room on December 8 2016, when Mr Byrne, whose wife was expecting twins within days, set up two planks of wood and drove his van over them so the vehicle entered the Thames. “The recollection I have was that to go into deep or fast flowing water was something we would discourage. The incident took place at the River Thames near Shepperton in December 2016 John Byrne died after he entered the River Thames while in his vehicleCredit:INS News Agency Mr Byrne worked as a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf Club Inspector Cross confirmed to the inquest that he had personally made that direction.He told the jury: “The fact the vehicle was fully submerged and floating down the river, officers would have been ill-equipped and not trained to go into a fast-flowing river with under-currents.”I’m not sure we have significant training to allow us to go into the river in our occupation. “I remember having some training as regards to entering water some years ago.  Mr Byrne worked as a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf ClubCredit:David Cannon/Getty Images read more

Goldcorp announces details of third DisruptMining challenge during PDAC 2019

first_imgGoldcorp has announced the third annual #DisruptMining innovation challenge and live finale event will be presented on Sunday, March 3, 2019 during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, Canada. Highlights:Goldcorp and presenting sponsor KPMG will co-host the 2019 #DisruptMining innovation expo and “shark-tank” style live event at the Rebel Entertainment ComplexTechnology disruptors are encouraged to submit their ideas for a chance to pitch to senior mining, technology and finance leaders in front of a live audience of mining influencers and decision-makersWinning disruptor(s) can earn an opportunity to negotiate up to C$1 million investment* from Goldcorp, one of the world’s most innovative gold producersNet proceeds from the #DisruptMining finale event will support innovation-focused scholarships and community-building initiativesSpark your imagination with the #DisruptMining launch video https://youtu.be/faJYZ0IhS6gDeadline for Submissions: November 5, 2018“Now in its third year as a catalyst for change in mining, the #DisruptMining innovation challenge has a track record of encouraging new ideas, identifying new opportunities and helping to accelerate the growth of new companies tackling challenges in mining in new and different ways. Innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their ideas for a chance to pitch in front of a live audience of over 500 industry leaders and a “shark-tank” style panel of cross-industry titans. The winner(s) will have the opportunity to negotiate up to C$1 million investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp’s mines or direct investment in the winning technologies.”“The mining industry today is collaborating and investing in technology and innovation like never before.  We have digitized, automated and applied new technologies to various aspects of the mining life cycle, but our industry needs to accelerate the cycle of innovation even more to stay competitive, deliver greater value to shareholders and be best prepared for our future,” said Todd White, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp. “Goldcorp is amongst the most innovative companies in the gold business, and we see #DisruptMining as a catalyst that helps us identify and champion new ideas, new partnerships, new technologies and new thinkers. At least seven of our #DisruptMining alumni have launched to new levels. We believe there are a lot more great ideas out there, and we’re ready to help make them happen.”Following the 2018 #DisruptMining challenge, winner Acoustic Zoom, an advanced geophysics company specializing in innovative seismic solutions, secured a C$1 million investment in its business from Goldcorp and launched a $150,000 pilot program at Goldcorp’s Red Lake Gold Mines in Ontario. Other #DisruptMining alumni including: Enviroleach, LlamaZoo, Open Mineral, Bio-Mine, Cementation, Goldspot Discoveries, KORE Geosystems and Tradewind Markets have transformed their rogue ideas, become established start-ups, substantially evolved their services and operations, or have scaled their leading-edge technology solutions.“DisruptMining was truly a catalyst for our business and put us on the world stage,” said Professor Jacques Guigné, Chief Executive Officer, Acoustic Zoom. “We now have multiple international contracts with major mining companies and have accelerated the development of our technology with further innovations, in addition to building our ability to service with a growing equipment portfolio.”#DisruptMining offers entrepreneurs a platform to bring disruptive and exponential technologies to the sector, whether it’s unlocking exploration opportunities; finding operational and production efficiencies; reducing the environmental footprint and delivering on sustainability commitments; or developing alternative ways to finance capital projects.Any innovator interested in pitching their idea at the #DisruptMining innovation expo and “shark-tank” style live event is encouraged to submit an application. Full application details and requirements can be found at www.disruptmining.com. Submissions will be accepted until November 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.#DisruptMining 2019 Submission Categories:Mining Transformation: Operate and manage mines with increased productivityMetallurgy Transformation: Decrease the mass, energy, water and chemical intensity required in metallurgical processesSustainability Transformation: Move Towards Zero Water and sustainable energy usageDigital Transformation: Create digital intelligence with new applications and integrated interfacesGeology Transformation: Improve mineral mapping and measurement“Go Rogue”: An idea so out-of-the-box it deserves its own categoryThe #DisruptMining Innovation Expo will showcase the semi-finalists and other game-changing innovators who will demonstrate how they can help the mining industry accelerate the pace of technological advancement.Finalists will pitch their competing innovations to a “shark-tank” style panel of cross-industry titans and the winner will have the opportunity to negotiate up to C$1 million in investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp’s mines or direct investment in the winning technologies. More than 500 mining executives, investors and financiers will be in attendance, each looking for that one revolutionary idea that will get them to the future of mining, faster.Proceeds from the #DisruptMining finale event will invest in the future of the mining industry through innovation-focused scholarships.last_img read more