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Old 31 January 2008, 17:32   #1
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Pretty rough out there

Weather must be worse than I thought. We had a 2hr powercut last night - the first in years.

Just been to check on my boat after seeing on the news waves breaking over our harbour wall. Everything fine thank God - wore a lifejacket on the pontoons as they move around a hell of a lot. A mate of mine likened it to one of those "fun house" moving walkways........

Just seen this on the news.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...de/7221237.stm

Passengers and crew are being airlifted from a ferry in the Irish Sea after it was hit by a freak wave in bad weather.
The Riverdance, which sails from Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland to Heysham in Lancashire, is listing to 60 degrees after its cargo shifted.

Hope everyone gets off ok - a heli rescue in that weather can't be much fun!!!

Fairplay to the BBC they have provided this link to show where the ship is - suprised they have even heard of AIS.........

http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=livbay
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Old 01 February 2008, 05:52   #2
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Not that great here either - was planning to go out and see the final visit of the QE2 to these parts before it becomes part of the Dubai skyline, but they have just cancelled and bypassed due to forecast 45kt winds

Got to see it (just) but not what I hoped - was looking forwards to taking a better look from close up. Some of the new cruise ships might be bigger but they sure don't have the majesty of the old lady. Bit like comparing a Honda NSX to a Bentley.
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Old 01 February 2008, 07:33   #3
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I'm guessing Dave Mallett (Wavelength Training) will be involved with this one. It sounds like the winching operation would have been a nightmare
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Old 01 February 2008, 11:52   #4
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Apparently the ferry was hit by a "freak wave" - funny how many there are when it's a force 10................
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Old 01 February 2008, 16:42   #6
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Yep been there, done that etc etc
a tad cold and blowy down there ! - and now half the population of the uk has come to look at it. Place is gridlocked. Thank goodness for blues and twos
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Apparently it may still be aground for a few weeks. If anyone is offered any soggy "sea salt" flavour Chocolate digestives recommend you turn them down apparently they are the only item to be washed up so far
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Old 03 February 2008, 15:14   #8
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I would love to know what right they have to stop someone walking along a public beach - do they actually have that right???

And remember to hand in any soggy biscuits you find to the nearest Police station.............
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I would love to know what right they have to stop someone walking along a public beach
exclusion order by secretary of state 500m radius from centre of vessel- you feel better now codders, now that you know?
You really want people walking in the whiplash area if the cableing breaks, or around the vessel while the Seaking is hovering and winching above them -which of course he wouldn't do and then we would get nowhere would we! Or perhaps kids under the wheels of the dutch salvage company's vehicles would make the newspaper story so much more interesting. And then there is the matter of a certain bit of sub sand pipework!
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exclusion order by secretary of state 500m radius from centre of vessel- you feel better now codders, now that you know?
You really want people walking in the whiplash area if the cableing breaks, or around the vessel while the Seaking is hovering and winching above them -which of course he wouldn't do and then we would get nowhere would we! Or perhaps kids under the wheels of the dutch salvage company's vehicles would make the newspaper story so much more interesting. And then there is the matter of a certain bit of sub sand pipework!
Obviously during the actual winching operation but what about the rest of the time??? It seems it may be there for a while............

Look at this video and tell me truthfully what harm could come to anyone walking on the beach



And it looks like it's a 400m zone. Not only that but it appears that this is a Maritime law - surely that would not apply above the HW mark??? They have even closed off part of the prom..........
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