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Old 04 August 2004, 15:23   #11
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When sleeping on the boat did you use any sort of cover / tent or just out in the open ?

I would have thought everything would be very damp.
Thanks all,

Tim, we left the scene about an hour later and by that time the boat had settled on the rock with the tide dropping around her. Apex divers were on their way out to salvage her that afternoon so I guess shes been refloated.

We did take a tarpaulin to create a cover but ended up not using it. The main things we took along were a pair of army surplus bivi bags and sleeping bags - I woke several times in the night and the boat was covered in dew, but we stayed perfectly dry. As Andy said being beside the tubes and console keeps you fairly sheltered from the wind.

I was pretty amazed how little space all the kit took up even on my little boat. We had two dry bags for sleeping kit and clothes, and the rear console was full of food and drink. I just need to reseal the elephant trunk as we had to run the bilge pump every couple of hours.
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Great pictures, Daniel, and it sounds like you did a great rescue job. Good on you!
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No Mention of Bumblebee by the MCA!!! Ungrateful lot ...

PORTLAND COASTGUARD COORDINATE RESCUE FROM MOTOR CRUISER ON THE ROCKS

At 10.54am this morning Portland Coastguard were contacted on VHF Channel 16 by the 36’ motor cruiser JANE reporting they had hit rocks at Bats Head in Weymouth Bay and were taking in water.

Portland Coastguard requested attendance from the RNLI Weymouth lifeboats which made their way to the scene while two local vessels stood by after responding to the Coastguard radio broadcast to shipping in the area. The local vessel BLUE BELL sent a tender and transferred the two persons on board JANE to BLUE BELL. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew were able to secure the boat on the rocks before transferring the uninjured crew to a passing vessel the FLOURISH on route to Chichester. The vessel is expected to be salvaged later today by a Weymouth salvage company.

Rob Sansom, Watch Manager at Portland Coastguard says,

“Even in the good conditions we have today, particular attention must still be paid to navigation and passage planning”
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Old 10 August 2004, 17:20   #14
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Well done Daniel and Dylan...rescue heroes Nice to see you take some time off from the workplace

Hey they didn't call you a tender in that report did they?

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I know my boats small but that’s ridiculous.

It was quite interesting really; know one really knew what was going on during the rescue. I think the Coastguards were being pushed to the limits that weekend - they were constantly casualty working.

We ended up searching for a vessel near Poole in the afternoon. The people had called the Coastguard on a mobile phone and said they were stuck on the training bank or at least that’s what Portland CG had worked out - so Coastguard were fairly worried and had the Condor ferry looking for them etc. Anyway we found them on the West side of the training bank at anchor, about 100yards from the beach and about 200 yards from a Coastguard 4x4. The only danger they were facing was that from too much sun bathing. Why are clueless people like that aloud to go out on a boat? - they had no VHF, GPS, charts - or even the faintest idea where they were!
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