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Old 19 August 2013, 17:56   #1
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Empty dinghy found

Hope whoever it belongs to is OK.

Intensive search operation underway off Northumberland coast after empty dinghy found - Chronicle Live

I was out this morning, further down the coast, only a slight swell and wind chop on the water. I came in when it got windier.
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Search now called off .
Lets just hope it was empty & was lost whilst undertow by a rag flapper or yacht : /
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The guy was rescued by his friend who then took off the outboard motor and let the dinghy drift out to sea!
Why not just tow the dinghy to shore.....the clown.
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The guy was rescued by his friend who then took off the outboard motor and let the dinghy drift out to sea!
Why not just tow the dinghy to shore.....the clown.
I read it as the dinghy accidentally got loose rather than intentional and he prioritised dealing with the casualty rather than the vessel (a quick call to CG would have been wise - but you live and learn!) ? I did wonder if they really meant "hypothermic" or perhaps hypoglycaemic?
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The guy was rescued by his friend who then took off the outboard motor and let the dinghy drift out to sea!
Why not just tow the dinghy to shore.....the clown.
Or at least report it as abandoned.


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i recovered a tender 2 years ago for holyhead coastguard - someone had reported seeing it drifting and empty. whilst we took it under tow (after checking it was empty) the owner contacted the coastguard to say he had just realised he had lost it cos the towing eye had broken off, in case it was found.
i told them id like to return it to the owner, which i did - in return i got 50quid for fuel and a bottle of wine!
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