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Old 22 May 2014, 17:38   #1
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Gourdon fishermen safe and well

Great news these fishermen were found safe and well earlier today.
Gourdon fishermen back in Montrose after three days missing at sea - Angus & The Mearns / Local / News / The Courier
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Yes - always good when people survive - even jetskiers

I was watching that story. I'm a little curious as they managed to steam 46 miles out to sea when they knew the coast was half a mile away. The BBC stated that their "compass stopped working"...
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Yes - always good when people survive - even jetskiers

I was watching that story. I'm a little curious as they managed to steam 46 miles out to sea when they knew the coast was half a mile away. The BBC stated that their "compass stopped working"...
Thought the same thing myself. I was caught out in pea-soup mist a few weeks back off the coast of Peterhead. Didn't help when my brother said 'we'll be okay, just keep the sun on your back!' I think he watches too many westerns!

Switched on the GPS, turned the boat due east and steamed back towards the coast.
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East? Mr Reid and his grandson also headed East......
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ahh....I have read about this...the mysterious Peterhead Triangle ...
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I would still rather go to sea with a man with 60 years experience as with some of the "experts " on here !! ,
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East? Mr Reid and his grandson also headed East......
It's been a long week.
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i would love to see their police interview....
"So, what safety equipment did you have?"
"well, we had parachute rockets, and let them off and threw the cases overboard. Then we thought about using our gps, but i was clumsy and it fell overboard. Our VHF stopped working, so we chucked it to save weight, and tied our lifejackets to it, to save it sinking. After all that, we were getting desperate, so we used our EPIRB....Well when i say used, we set it on fire for essential warmth"

2 Choppers, 4 lifeboats, and about 15 boats from gourdon out looking for these idiots.

all the same, i'm glad they are safe and well
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i would love to see their police interview....
"So, what safety equipment did you have?"
"well, we had parachute rockets, and let them off and threw the cases overboard. Then we thought about using our gps, but i was clumsy and it fell overboard. Our VHF stopped working, so we chucked it to save weight, and tied our lifejackets to it, to save it sinking. After all that, we were getting desperate, so we used our EPIRB....Well when i say used, we set it on fire for essential warmth"

2 Choppers, 4 lifeboats, and about 15 boats from gourdon out looking for these idiots.

all the same, i'm glad they are safe and well
Well you can read the MAIB report now: Marine Accident Investigation: Water-rail

Whilst I guess many of us will have a chuckle (because it all turned out ok in the end), I am sure that complacency affects us all to some extent.
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"The investigation found that the skipper of Water-rail did not have the equipment or competence necessary to navigate his vessel safely in the prevailing conditions. He was also unable to broadcast a distress message as there was no electronic means of communication on board. The skipper’s grandson had not received any maritime or fishing vessel safety training and was therefore of little help once they became lost. A recommendation has been made to the skipper which is designed to provide him with the knowledge and training needed to safely operate a fishing vessel in the future."

He appears to have learned little in those years.
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