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Old 09 August 2016, 04:50   #11
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The water looked pretty good, hardly rough seas. Does anyone know why the boat sank, was it just a simple case of leaving the bangs out?

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Thats the problem with videos or photographing water Jonp...often waves dont look big ..forecast for the weekend from met office was described as "Unseasonable strong winds" and also issued a weather warning as such. I checked weather on Friday for weekend boating but the area had 25 to 50 mph winds showing.. so I stayed at home.

Shetland boats are generally quite seaworthy .. so.. Im only assuming this ..but if it went round the Ailsa Craig to look at the gannet colony .. Im aware from experience of the island..that although there is a good depth round most of it..there are nasty reefs off the north and also the south west..which extend far out..just under the surface ..as shown in the photo..that is reef and not reflections in the foreground.. it goes at least twice as far off shore as this.

Perhaps the swell dumped it on the reef and did crack its bottom ? Last time I was there ..the Tour Boat from Girvan had a RIB on tow ...its prop had hit the reef...and no aux engine. I think its quit a common happening ?

Folks go close to see the gannets.. as its one of the biggest colonies in Europe. Puffins and shearwaters too. Then hit the reef..it just suddenly appears..if you are lucky to see it.

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Jambo..Im in Tayvallich tomorrow meeting Fenlander..if you are around..be good to meet you too
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Hi G have spoken to David so see you tomorrow.
Back to the rescue. I've talked to my contacts at Girvan who advised only three lj's for five pax. Launched from Girvan early morning to fish. No info on why it sank.


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Hi G have spoken to David so see you tomorrow.
Back to the rescue. I've talked to my contacts at Girvan who advised only three lj's for five pax. Launched from Girvan early morning to fish. No info on why it sank.


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PD said it filled with water ( Oh FFS I'm at it now) !! It went down pretty quickly on the video so I'm assuming it was a biggish hole through the hull ?
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PD said it filled with water ( Oh FFS I'm at it now) !! It went down pretty quickly on the video so I'm assuming it was a biggish hole through the hull ?

Can't say as the rescued went straight from chopper to their car!!


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Old 09 August 2016, 09:32   #15
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I wouldn’t know ..but would imagine it was afloat for a while after the call was put out as the rescue party have a bit to travel to get there.

It illustrates the importance of having good buoyancy on hardshells. I know I always made sure I had enough on board my hardshells to keep them afloat if swamped. Inflatable rollers played more parts in my life that rolling boats up shores ..as did other inflatable bags kept blown up under thwarts or in cuddies etc

Im glad all were saved ..that is the main thing

What scares me seeing the amount of crap boats for sale on places like gumtree ..totally unseaworthy stuff.. cheap as chips .. so folks that don’t know boats think they are getting a bargain for their holidays. Im not saying that is the case here though.. just a general comment.

Good Jambo..will see you tomorrow.. my F Rib is in the car waiting an early start to get there
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