Daily Archives: April 20, 2014

UPDATE: One month after Canadian tourist shot – no excuse for 1 hour ambulance wait

Somebody should be sacked

by Passin Thru

On March 12, 2014, four gunmen burst into a rented beach apartment at Bath and shot Canadian tourist Johnathan Huddle in front of his wife and 11 month old daughter. Fortunately Mr. Huddle survived – according to various reports because he and his wife are both trained soldiers with tours in Afghanistan.

On the good side, our Royal Barbados Police Force arrested three adults and one 15 year old less than two weeks later. Excellent work – assuming that they have the right thugs. (That is always a realistic concern in Barbados when a tourist is harmed. The police sometimes beat confessions from the ‘usual suspects’ by default.)

As bad as the story is though, the Canadian press is still playing up the fact that Mrs. Huddle kept her husband alive for AN HOUR that it took the ambulance to arrive.

That’s right: an hour for an ambulance to arrive when they knew that a tourist had been shot.

Concerning the hour for an ambulance to arrive, there are two messages that Barbados can deliver to Canada and our other tourism markets:

1/ This is acceptable and standard in Barbados, and tourists should know that if they get hurt it may take an hour or more for an ambulance to reach them.

or

2/ An hour is unacceptable, and the persons responsible have been sacked.

If Barbados doesn’t sack someone over this, then any assurances and apologies are pure cow turd.

Prime Minister Stuart… watcha gonna do?

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