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Old 31 October 2004, 19:05   #11
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I shouldn't have bought an all orange boat! They all seem to think I'm the Coastguard
You might just have hit the nail on the head... it seems enough that you have a RIB sometimes!

We've done a couple of long distance tows for peole in different states of distress (although neither were as long as the tow that Dragon's Revenge once received from Hot Lemon... Cherbourg to Lymington @ 40kts+), and were rewarded hansomely for one, but perhaps the most prestigious was taking the Calshot Lifeboat crew out to the lifeboat at it's anchorage when their tender wouldn't start.

Dodgiest one I've ever done was pulling a yacht off a mudbank, on a falling tide and I was single handed on a shaft drive I/B powered boat. I've always carried a throwing line since then - no point in getting into danger to help someone.

It's all part of being out on the boat
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Old 01 November 2004, 07:35   #12
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Helped loads of people over the years from a simple tow to dragging vessels clear of rocks! Even been over the side to clear various items from the prop.

Sometimes they thank you other times they don't.

Just the luck of the draw really, however I have had to be towed in a couple of times and it is embarrasing no matter how prepared you were!

I have had a days diving completely ruined to help a bunch of p*ssed yachties get home after a day soaking up the gin. They were the most un-organised, useless, thankless bunch I have ever met. No thankyou, no have a beer on us, no nothing.

But other times I've had more whisky given in thankyou presents than I can poke a stick at!
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I have to say you'd be surprised what a kindly act can get you, particularly after you tow the MOD police launch home!!!

Speeding ticket? What speeding ticket? Would you like a cup of coffee, .... you haven't told anybody that you gave us a tow have you?

Priceless!


Worth a 2 mile tow in anybody's books!

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I've assisted lots of.........

...........fellow boaters in trouble and whilst I have on ocassion been offered "a drink" I've always declined. I must admit it grates a little when you don';t even get a "thanks mate", however often people are so flustered and embarassed by the event it completely slips there mind.

I'm positive it will happen to me one day and whilst I'll offer I certainly would not expect that offer to be taken up.
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So am I mean for thinking next time, "pull the person clear and out of danger and just offer to radio for vessel assist??
What does your conscience says ?
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Furthermore........

..........what about a bit of, you know "Best of British", show them damn Yanks how it's done. If you're willing to fly the Ensign then you should act in accordance with all good things associated with the same. Anyhow, I'm sure the poor fellow in tow only thought it your duty when he spotted the name of your RIB !!!!
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MeME,
that's one reason I fly the ensign, as I do believe it displays the "tradition" of the English and the ocean.
Unfortunately over here there are a contingent who just take their boats out to "party" a couple of times a year and seem to have no respect for others.
I really enjoy helping others and dont expect payment;but at the same time like to think that it's appreciatted.
And as for offering help in the future,I always will.That's one of the fun parts of being out there.
Was out last week heading out to the Coranodo islands when an emergency call came out from the coastguard for assistance from boats in the area.
Some swimmers had been swept out and couldn't get back. I was a little too far out to respond and unfortunately no one else was close.

November 15, 2004 Union Tribune Newspaper.

A Mexican lifeguard who got into trouble while attempting to rescue a drowning swimmer off a Playas de Tijuana beach was himself rescued yesterday by an Imperial Beach lifeguard.

The cross-border rescue occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m., when Imperial Beach lifeguards were notified that Mexican fire officials were having difficulty making the rescue along the rocky coastline, which was experiencing heavy surf, said Oscar Alvarez, an Imperial Beach lifeguard.

Using a personal watercraft, Imperial Beach lifeguard Jason Lindquist raced to a rescue site about one mile south of the border and was able to pick up the Mexican lifeguard with a rescue sled. Together, the two lifeguards recovered the body of a drowned teenage swimmer and returned the body to shore


Very sad day ;but shows you never know when you are going to be the one to need some help.
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