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Old 27 December 2004, 16:03   #1
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...Finding it almost impossible to comprehend the scale of this awful disaster.

The news stories and pictures are horrific.

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Old 27 December 2004, 18:59   #2
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Bummer! The sea which we love and respect so much has given us a terrible reminder of it's mighty destructive force. My thoughts aren't with the dead but with the injured and homeless

Before this terrible disaster becomes tomorrows chip paper I want to do something to help. I am not particularly boastful but there are a couple of things in the rib world I am very good at namely training and wiring

Training I am prepared to offer 6 level 2 courses for a donation to the Redcross for 112 pounds per course. There are no extras and this price includes all fuel used and the cost of the certificates and logbook. You can of course give more to the appeal if you wish! I presently run a recognised traing establishment for 2 RYA schools who will be donating the certificates. I have no problem traing youngsters if they are accompanied by parents or responsible adults


Night Time Training . I work on a tug and we generally go to sea for 9 hours at a time. If anybody wants to come aboard we will really review and improve your navigation and night time awareness plus we'll get you out on the Rib and experience safe night time boat transfers. You can also get 9 hour in your logbook and drive the tug (under supervision!) 90 quid each We are going out next on the 7 th January

Wiring if anybody wants a second battery fitted to their boat then I will provide the two way isolator switch. Marine grade cable.battery terminals and battery box and fitting for 50 quid

If anybody is interested just make the donation to the Redcross (the info is on the link below) and tell me what I need to do for you and when.

I'd prefer if this thread recieved no replies, other than other members offering some help/donations to the Redcross.

The sea Fkkd over a lot of people this time and they genuinely need our help. Lets see what we can do!

If can be contacted by PM and also by phone from the 30th on 07774401963


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Old 27 December 2004, 20:37   #3
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Nice one Stu - I've started with a small donation on the Red Cross site, and depending on how things go in January, perhaps see about joining you for the night shift on the tug.
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Old 28 December 2004, 07:57   #4
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Good for you!!!

Got to be honest the sheer scale of it is mind boggling!!! Those people must be going through hell - and it will get worse once disease takes hold! Many disasters are man made and no amount of money will help whilst the people are at war with each other - this is different!!!

I was a little shocked at the attitude of many of the tourists on holiday in the region - they were all fleeing and fighting each other to get out - fair enough for the elderly or people with young kids but I think if I had been out there I would have tried my best to help out a little bit!

Typically though the man in the street seems to have got it all out of proportion again - the media have a lot to answer for! People seem to think these waves are like something out of independance day - the BBC showed a computer animation of what one of these waves do - the buildings they showed would have made the wave about 300 feet high!!!

Watching the videos of the wave coming in made me realise just how much damage even a smallish wave can do! The problem they have in these places is that they are only a few feet above sea level to start with.

The whole thing does remind me a little bit of a bible story - the one about building your house on the sand. The man who built on rock was far better off.
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Cheque just sent but wish I could do more!!!
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When I checked this morning 68000 people dead

When you have governments like the UK and US ,spending money to kill people in Iraq, its hard to get a handle on a natural disaster and its toll, Bushs latest round of funding was several billions, to wage war with, and the money that is flowing in now, although in the millions to the disaster area, is so small in comparison, The Irish govt , only 2 million, so far nothing from , France Scandanivia, or Kwuait a country helped in the not so distant past.

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and of course there are the posts on Ribnet........
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Hi all..
I am currently on a UK navy supply ship in Cochin in India.. After the tremors came the waves.. We went past Sumatra a mere 10 days ago and past SRi Lanka 2 days before it happened.. Although onboard we did not suffer any damage, the tide rose and fell by up to an hour every 30 minutes.. Which was quite dramatic.. A load of local fishing boats which came into harbour to avoid the waves, then got smashed into a bridge..
The devastation for the locals here is very bad.. they are missing 400 fishing boats just from where the port I am in.. We are all wanting to go out and help, but at the moment we are only just getting prepared to maybe do relief work, as we have no stores onboard. Hopefully we shall be sailing a few days early and helping out.. Does not seem right that we are having all our food everyday when there are people stranded.. but as with all things to do with the Govt.. it works slow..
I was humbled today as went to my Rickshaw drivers house and literally 8 of them live in 3 rooms.. I gave away some Christmas presents to his Daughter, but you feel you want to give more.. FOr a worker the average wage is 150 rupees.. or 1.90 uk pounds.. working from 7 am to 7pm.. the conditons are pretty horrible by our standards.. yet they all seem happy.. We in the Uk who have all we have and still bitch that we don't have enough.. Maybe should come to INdia.. you can buy a solid wood 40ft semi displacement boat here for 20,000 pounds!! fully fitted...
If anyone wants to humble themselves come here..
We hope to be involved with aid work very soon but are still awaiting orders to sail... and this is where the international community falls down!!

Merry Christmas all from India.. maybe next time we all spend 100 on petrol going for a blast down Southampton water.. we should consider those in India.. who make 700 per year!!
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Good to hear that you and your crew got through that terrible thing ok.

I would just like to wish you luck in whatever relief efforts you may get involved with and hope that you all stay safe.

I for one envy you. Sitting here in England I feel pretty helpless. I, like alot of others here will give but there is no substitute for doing.

Best of luck.

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Old 30 December 2004, 09:31   #9
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Looks like we are sailing now on the 2nd.. they are making a decision in the Uk as I type. We are embarking a relief team from the uk and will head off somewhere.. we will find out tomorrow!!

We all got stuck onboard today as a new threat warning came in.. but it was nothing in the end.. but caused panic throughout Asia..

Be good to sail and help out..

Will keep you updated when arrive in the next port which may be in a few weeks or a month...

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When I checked this morning 68000 people dead

When you have governments like the UK and US ,spending money to kill people in Iraq, its hard to get a handle on a natural disaster and its toll, Bushs latest round of funding was several billions, to wage war with, and the money that is flowing in now, although in the millions to the disaster area, is so small in comparison, The Irish govt , only 2 million, so far nothing from , France Scandanivia, or Kwuait a country helped in the not so distant past.

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The whole thing does remind me a little bit of a bible story - the one about building your house on the sand. The man who built on rock was far better off.

and of course there are the posts on Ribnet........
I was not trying to cause any offence! I have quite a few friends who are Bangladeshi and they always tell me about the terrible flooding they get as the country is so flat.

The death toll is totally beyond imagination now - seeing people who have lost their whole families - as usual it is the people left behind who suffer the most!
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