Will you save a stranger's life that may cause your life too?

Philippines
August 29, 2009 9:45pm CST
Supposing you saw a stranger slowly being drowned by a fast running river. Although you know how to swim, the chance that you can save him is only 50% and your own life will be at risk too. If you will call for help, it may take too long and the chance that the stranger will be saved is only 40%. Given this scenario, will you save a stranger's life that may cause your life too? Thanks!
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8 responses
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I think I would have to try. To stand idly by and not try is just wrong. I would rather try and fail than stand around and do nothing.
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@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
31 Aug 09
I will still be saving his life.. BE it 50% or less, as long as there's a chance, he's not allowed to be drowned.. As if i dun save him, his survival rate is a good as 0%, and wont that made me an indirect murderer?? haha =D PLus, it's a life afterall, and we should try our best to save him.. We might not need to jump into the river, but we can do other things, to try reaching for him, while waiting for help to come.. hehe
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
8 Sep 09
Thanks for the pencil ^_^
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
31 Aug 09
Hello friend. To begin with, I am not able to swim. I myself will get drowned in water, but my elder is a very good swimmer. When he was young, he saved quite a few people in the same boat when it sank because of the flood while they were travelling in their boat in the river. If I were a good swimmer like my brother, I would surely do the same. Otherwise, I could not offer any help but ask someone else for help.
• United States
31 Aug 09
I would save him without a doubt. Its more pain to me knowing I didn't do anything to help the stranger, then dying. It would be hard to live with knowing you didn't help him.
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Out here in California... SOOOOO often the good samaritian gets sued by the person or the persons family, after they save the person. It is so disgusting, but the courts allow it. LIke one, the guy was choking, and someone did a hynlick (or however that is spelled) and did it incorrectly and altho the choking stopped, the pressure in the wrong place broke ribs and puncture things inside the victims chest that made him have problems afterwards. The good samaritian was sued for assult and battery and something else,,, I had not heard of the other thing before. So, I would sure give it serious thought before I acted...
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
30 Aug 09
Yes, I would. What is the alternative....watch this person die, knowing you might have been able to save him? I couldn't do that, could you? A 40 - 50% chance is better than no chance at all. I might make a different choice if it involved something I knew I could not accomplish but if it was something I could do I would absolutely try my best.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I would be looking for a rope or a tree limb to help get tehm out of the water. Adn if I jumped in would only have to make sure we never hit anything or something hit us and get to where the water isnt as ruff to get to shore!
@JAYMAR777 (840)
• Philippines
30 Aug 09
"You can never save somebody if you become a victim yourself". I won't, because there is no lone rangers in rescue. You need to call for help. I need to use my discretion. Happy day fatherblogger