The child cried and the father waited for the alcohol to evaporate. “drama”

– Once the police found a few years old child on the beach. My father heard the information through a loudspeaker, but ran to the summer cottage because the alcohol evaporated in the blood – says Daoud Jura, journalist at WP SportoweFakty and author of “WOPR. Życie na ratunek”.

Dariush Varun

Daoud Jura

Press materials / Michel Bucha / Pictured: Daoud Jura

Dariusz Faron, WP SportoweFakty: Why Book About WOPR?

David Jura, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of WP SportoweFakty, Journalist, Author of “WOPR. Życie na ratunek”: Books on paramedics, policemen, TOPR, etc. have already been published. And about WoPR – silence. I felt these people were being neglected, which is very unfair, because they are doing very important work.

The second reason is very weak. I reached out to this group while texting Wirtualna Polska about relaxing by the water. It was great to talk to the lifeguards. I was pleased with their openness and how they talk about their work. They felt the need to share these stories. The actions are often quite short, but there are plenty of emotions that make the book a thrilling movie. I wanted to show the lifeguards that someone remembers them and appreciates their work.

And the third reason – if, of all the readers, even one person was more careful about water, which might save her life or the life of her relatives – I would consider it successful.

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I said the lifeguards overdid it. What is exclusion?

We only remember them in the summer, and there are services all year round, such as the Masurian Volunteer Rescue Service or the Sea Search and Rescue Service. When I learned from MOPR employees how much they earn, I was shocked. The manager has 2,400 PLN on hand, the others get 2,200 PLN. They work full time. In 2021, thanks to a state subsidy, they earned a little more than 3,000 PLN, but it is temporary. The money spent on rescue is certainly very small.

The book was announced with the sentence: “Thriller filmmakers may not have enough imagination to portray what has happened in Polish waters in recent years.” Tell the stories you remember most.

SAR procedure. Two English and Polish men set sail on a yacht. The weather worsened, they sent a distress signal. Only the helicopter could not shoot them down due to unfavorable weather conditions. Meanwhile, two people were swept away by the waves from the yacht, and they remained in the water for several hours. Services went to the rescue. The operation was led by Arkadiusz Puchacz. People were pulled from the yacht, but the other two were still in the water. After some time, a light military aircraft took off. She spotted them and reported the victims’ whereabouts to the Refugee and Rescue Agency. I led the rescuers. When they reached the victims, they were shocked. They were cold, but alive. When the tide ended, lifeguards quickly moved the two to the deck. It really is a miracle that we saved them. This is a miracle, perhaps in the literal sense of the word. One of the rescued sailors, a professed atheist, immediately fell to his knees and began to pray. It proves the feelings that accompanied this act and how the whole event could end so tragically.

“I remember the faces of almost all the dead,” lifeguard Przemyslav Rygulsky told you. This work must be very stressful on the head.

Many rescuers who fail to save someone in one of their first jobs leave the profession. They can’t stand it. Then you think at night to see if you’ve really done everything you can. It works on their psyche. A lifeguard told me that everyone who dies in the water is a pebble that accumulates somewhere in their head. Over time, the heap grows larger and larger. I spoke to Przymec for a long time about the most difficult aspect of working, namely, dealing with death. He was a lifeguard and medical lifeguard, and worked in a coronavirus ward. He valued life whenever he lost it himself.

would you say?

Once, on the beach in Władysławowo, he noticed a man drowning. Set sail to work on the rope. Friends on the beach were supposed to wrap it up when Przymek caught the victim. While he was at sea, he suddenly felt something dragging him to the bottom. rope stuck? unknown. Przymec could not get out. The thought crossed my mind that this was his last act. It turns out that some heroes from the shore also decided to go to the rescue, but began to drown themselves. They saved themselves by catching the Przymec rope. He survived, but discovered for himself how fragile life is. He repeated that he was surprised why people did not respect this life so much.

Why are you talking about it in the past tense?

On the day I handed the book over to print, I learned that Przymek was dead. I don’t want to go into details. The whole society in Poland was very upset. When I was gathering material for the report, I asked him if he even imagined his death. He answered yes. “I hope the family does not suffer for too long. I do not like to suffer from an illness, for example.” Now I’m paraphrasing his words. He was always smiling, kind and gentle. Talk about his work beautifully and clearly. Helped a lot of people. This book is a tribute to him.


Fire divers once told me that people search for the body the most. How is WOPR?

Remember that lifeguards in Poland are not only WOPR, although they all come from it in a very simplified way.

And to answer your question – it’s a little different with them than with divers. A guard, as the name implies, is primarily for saving lives. The scope of duties is very wide. Many of them work as lifeguards in the city and suddenly they receive a signal that someone is drowning. They also go, for example, to people standing on the edge of a bridge and thinking about suicide. In addition to sunken ships, accidents on rivers, prevention …

I have already quoted Przemysław Regulski that we do not respect life very much.

Radosław Wiśniewski of MOPR once told me that when Poles prepare for a holiday, they usually forget to pack their brains. Alcohol rules, is the main cause of the tragedy of water. It increases our bravado and reduces our sense of responsibility. We think we can do more than we really can. Rescuers, among others, told me about anesthesia. They drag the dead man ashore, and two meters away from her, vacationers spread out with a screen. Sunbathing, sunshine, beer, playing music. They don’t mind having a corpse under their nose. Another staircase is stories about childcare at the seaside.

I am all ears.

There are already a lot of them. Once, the police found a child of a few years old and announced this over a loudspeaker. They walked ashore, but no one came forward. An hour later my father showed up. They asked why the time was late, and the guest dulled in explanations. It turned out that he had drunk quite a bit. He went to the hut, ate something, and rested. He already knew that he had lost the child and must have heard the announcements from the megaphone. Perhaps he thought that when he reported, the police would check his sobriety. The most important thing for him is not to be put behind bars and not a frightened child crying. The little boy wondered if his father would ever find him, and waited for his father until the alcohol in the blood evaporated. drama. Anyone who has had a child will understand exactly how I felt when they heard this story.

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