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Dozens of cars stranded by floods rescued
by Royal Marines in COBRA-approved
mission dreamed up by a 10-YEAR-OLD

Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Miller

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/16/2014 4:20:15 AM

Dozens of cars left trapped by floodwater and landslides were shipped to safety aboard Royal Marine landing craft yesterday, and it was all thanks to a brilliant ten-year-old boy. Around 30 vehicles had been left stranded on a dead-end after a 20 metre stretch of road collapsed at Calstock, Cornwall, on Christmas Day. With repairs to the flood-ravaged lane likely to take months, it seemed there was nothing that could be done, until schoolboy Charlie Southcott came up with a plan to reach the marooned motors by water. In an operation approved by the Government’s Cobra emergency committee, four amphibious

Some good news for a dreary day in this part of the US. All sorts of positive inspiration coming out of this--for the young lad, his parents, the Marines and, not least, the car owners. And perhaps the story will spread and some other young person hearing about it might have the resourcefulness and public spirit to help others in a practical way when trouble occurs.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/16/2014 5:29:05 AM     (No. 9693962)

What´s it say for a country when a 10-year old has more brains than the political elite?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: horacer, 1/16/2014 8:33:50 AM     (No. 9694119)

I think it reflects well on the politicians to accept a good idea no matter the source. Most would ignore a 10 year old boy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/16/2014 10:33:51 AM     (No. 9694297)

Which absolutely proves that government isn´t up to a 10 year olds expertise...and they want to RUN EVERYTHING!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/16/2014 11:43:29 AM     (No. 9694394)

Reminds me of the true story of the U.S. capture of the bridge at Remagen, Germany, in WWII, a vital crossing point.

When it was discovered that the height of the bridge opening was short by about 12 inches for the multitude of supply trucks waiting to cross, Senior Officers and Engineers in discussion went so far as to advocate blowing up the bridge, which many American men had died trying to take intact, and then building a pontoon bridge across the raging river below. Seated around the huddled mass of Brass was a young Private E-2 who bravely said, "You don´t need to do that." The startled officers looked at him with egalitarian disdain, and asked, "What did you say?" He bravely replied, "You don´t have to blow up the bridge to get the trucks across." Quizzically, they asked him, "Then just what do you suggest?" To which he replied, "Simple, just let the air out of the tires and drive them across then refill them on the other side." They were stunned. As I recall he was promoted to Sergeant E-5 on the spot.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kafir091101, 1/16/2014 10:55:26 PM     (No. 9695059)


I really mean no personnel disrespect, but:

I thought only 10 year old boys and priest/minister/nuns and young pregnant mothers knew that if you lowered the tire pressure from a heavily loaded truck, to a dangerously low level, that you would lower the height of the load by an inch or two.

At least that’s what I’ve learned from hearing the other 10/15/20 versions of this tail over the past 60 plus years.

Who would ever have known that a pizz-ant snot-nosed private had that same level of truck tire/low bridge knowledge as a10 year old school boy!

Who would ever have thunk it!

FWIW: The Normandy Invasion was the greatest military operation the world has ever seen, made possible due to its logistics planning and execution.

Hence, I wonder why a gaggle of jerk-wad generals, after experiencing several months or day-to-day combat, actually sat around discussing blowing the bridge without dragging their logistics and combat engineering specialists in to demand a realistic solution.

I also wonder why those same logistic planners didn’t know that our trucks couldn’t pass through the bridge until they actually arrived at that bridge.

‘Low-Bridge-Ahead’ signs were common place all over America since the early 1900s.

Why not in Europe?

BTW: The ‘Bridge at Remagen’ was a railroad bridge that provided more than twice the vertical clearance required by a US Army ‘Deuce and a Half’ truck.

And: By 1945, every American involved with trucks/bridges/tires knew the story about the Catholic nun who suggested the same tire pressure fix to get a truck unstuck from the Holland Tunnel in 1933!



PS: To be continue

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kafir091101, 1/16/2014 10:55:43 PM     (No. 9695060)

Continued post……. Trucks/tire-pressure/low bridges……..

FWIW: the invasion of Fortress Europe was planned/organize/commanded by the likes of Bradley/Eisenhower and not by politicians and college educated idiots like Johnson/McNamara.

And: WWII was executed by good old farm boys and factory workers who knew more about how to get from ‘here-to-there’ one hell of a lot better than 75% of military age ‘boys’, 18/19 year olds, of today are!

The ones who have served in Iraq/Afghanistan and the other hellholes are from the remaining 25%!

That story about the bridge and trucks is an insult to the men who worked 24/7 to support those who assaulted and crossed that bridge.

BTW: Almost all US Army logistics truck drivers in 1944/1945 Europe were Negros.

Isn’t it unflattering to suggest that they were too stupid to figure out how to get their critically needed supplies across that bridge?

I just don’t want readers to pick this stupid tail up as gospel and pass it on!

If one must tell this tail, please make one up like the one about the Nun, the Holland Tunnel and 1933.

AND: Please don’t defame the intelligence and ‘can-do’ attitude of those who served in uniform during the ‘Assault on Fortress Europe’ so many years ago.

Again, no personnel disrespect intended…….


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