In Dunkirk (2017) two of the characters rush from the beach onto the pier with a stretcher and barely make it in time to get on the boat as it is leaving. After they deliver the man on the stretcher, they are then yelled at and told to get off the boat.

What was the harm in allowing them to stay on board at that point? They had helped board an injured person and there was clearly enough room for two more and the boat was in the process of leaving already anyway.

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    My understanding is that the ship was for wounded only....
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Aug 18, 2017 at 6:43

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As Paulie_D said the ship was for wounded and medical personnel only. Moreover there were thousands of people waiting in the line to board the ship. If they had let them in the boat it would have been unfair for all those people.

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    This is probably the most logical answer, I guess it just seemed like they went out of their way to get them off when it didn't seem like it would have been that big of a deal to let them stay on. But I get the unfair part and in that kind of situation, having a sense of order would be key to keeping people from panicking and going every man for himself.
    – sanpaco
    Commented Aug 19, 2017 at 4:36

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