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Old 15 January 2008, 12:50   #1
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Accidents at Sea - Who was helming Marlin?

I read with interest Mike Biddulph's article in the latest RIB International magazine on accidents at sea (pp72-74). Mike mentions a RIB that "slewed right across" the stern of his RIB last summer. The RIB was identified as "Marlin".

I can well imagine that there are many RIBs named "Marlin". However, I'd be very interested to know if it was a Scorpion with yellow tubes and a diesel inboard, because I had a near miss with a RIB matching this description last year. I was the stand on vessel, but "Marlin" failed to give way. I had to give way to avoid a collision.

How can we encourage other RIB users to learn and apply the COLREGS to preserve life at sea and our reputations?

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Old 15 January 2008, 12:58   #2
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Scorpion drivers eh???

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Old 16 January 2008, 10:12   #3
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Why rely on regulations ? surely its better not to have an accident, than have one & then argue about 'fault'? Despite the best regulations you can still have engine pack up / pull off the kill swithc by accident ( also in RIB magazine ) .
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Old 16 January 2008, 10:19   #4
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Yes of course it's better not to have an accident. That's why we have the Col Regs - they tell us what to do to avoid accidents!
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Old 19 January 2008, 14:56   #5
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I think you misread the article, the boat was a Marlin it wasn't called Marlin.
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