We have all known people who just are not able to act in extreme emergencies. The events just cloud their thinking and they are not able to do what needs to be done. They try to act, but their actions are not helpful. These are people who may be nice, smart, and good looking, but that is where it ends. Decision making is not their strong suit.
Then there are the people who don't even try to act. They get so scared by any threatening situation that they simply turn and run. The events are just too overwhelming and scary. It is OK to turn and run if it may save your lives or someone elses.
The funny part (not really funny) about some of these people is the stories they tell after the fact. Some people own up to the fact that they got scared and that is that. Others act as though they acted heroically or decisively and "took care of business". Kind of a lie and we all know it.
Even more interesting is when the person seems to change their story as time goes on. Details get moved around a bit. The story seems to move closer and closer to working in their favor. As they get older and have a little more to lose, the story is altogether forgotten.
I wonder how it would feel to spend 2 hours waiting for someone to come back and help you? An air pocket, if big enough can last that long, experts say. Hold on and, hopefully, someone will be right here to help. Unless they are not a good decision maker. Unless they do not do well under stress.
We have all done wrong things in our lives. Some of us just do not lie about them. Some of us are adults, tell the truth, take the medicine, apologize to those we need to, and pray about our shortcomings the rest of our lives. Others of us simply lie our rear ends off in the hopes that no one will find out, and if they do, at least we will not get in very much trouble.
People never change.