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HSE responds to 'Loch Gairloch canoeing tragedy' letter in the Daily Mail

Related article:
"Loch Gairloch canoeing tragedy" - Daily Mail letters 30 August 2012
Response date:
31 August 2012

Dear Editor,

I share Aldhun Levitt's horror (letters, 30 August) at the recent Loch Gairloch canoeing tragedy. Nobody could be unmoved by the loss of life and the plight of the survivors.

It is important to note, however, that the Health and Safety Executive has in fact no authority to act either in the known circumstances of this sad case or in the example, also quoted, of precautions for commercial sea trips.

Yours faithfully

Geoffrey Podger
Chief Executive
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2012-08-31