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Old 07 August 2014, 08:22   #11
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This event happened some 7 years ago and concerns the Parker rib known then as "Nautibouy". Probably only a few of you may remember this. Each time I read it a smile comes to my face . The file is big so here is a link to my dropbox.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...l%20Cruise.pdf


Enjoy the reading
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Old 07 August 2014, 13:01   #12
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This event happened some 7 years ago and concerns the Parker rib known then as "Nautibouy". Probably only a few of you may remember this. Each time I read it a smile comes to my face . The file is big so here is a link to my dropbox.



https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...l%20Cruise.pdf





Enjoy the reading

That's awesome. Great story, you couldn't have made it up any better!
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Old 07 August 2014, 15:11   #13
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Very good read thanks for that. The customs attitude is not surprising from what I have heard about them :-/
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Old 07 August 2014, 17:16   #14
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It surprises me at how relaxed our sea borders are, you here of drug smugglers disguising drug drops as lobster pots around the UK coastline but you never see any Military or Police boats covering the areas. Been to Ireland , Isle of Man, and around the west coast of Scotland and seen bo diddley squat.
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Old 07 August 2014, 17:51   #15
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It surprises me at how relaxed our sea borders are, you here of drug smugglers disguising drug drops as lobster pots around the UK coastline but you never see any Military or Police boats covering the areas. Been to Ireland , Isle of Man, and around the west coast of Scotland and seen bo diddley squat.
Are you thinking about a change of career Kerny?
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Old 07 August 2014, 18:09   #16
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Are you thinking about a change of career Kerny?
You must have read my mind ww cutbacks and all that
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Old 07 August 2014, 19:25   #17
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We were in the Scillies a few years back on a charter yacht when a rib pulls alongside and the occupant announces himself as an off- duty policeman, flashed some id we never did get to see properly and started asking who we were, where from, etc. all very pleasant, but when he took down the kids' full names and ages (about7 and 9 at the time) and then asked if we had our passports, I started to feel this had gone far enough. So no, we didn't have our passports, which stopped my wife going to get them from the chart table, and who exactly did you say you were again? The story then was that he was a west country copper on his holidays, who felt strongly enough about "stuff" coming into the UK on small boats entering via that part of the world that he was spending his free time and own money checking people out. Seemed very strange and, with all due respect to west country coppers, he looked remarkably tanned and fit, sort of guy who spent a lot of time outside doing energetic stuff, more a military type than a copper. We kept seeing him over the rest of our week there, still checking out yachts, in fact one time he came to do us again until the looks on our faces reminded him he'd been on this boat before. Never did find out what was really going on - was he really a slightly over- keen copper doing his own thing or was this some kind of weird low - budget official exercise, although you'd think they'd have dreamt up a better cover story...?

But the only time I've been checked out at sea in UK waters
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Smithyyy; over here, off-duty means just that. He would have no more authority than anyone else unless he witnessed a crime in progress and acted to stop that. In other words, a pretty good way to get the tar beat out of you.

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Smithyyy; over here, off-duty means just that. He would have no more authority than anyone else unless he witnessed a crime in progress and acted to stop that. In other words, a pretty good way to get the tar beat out of you.

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'scuse the thread drift. I once got a ticket from the DVLA for having an untaxed vehicle on the public highway. Which was odd, because I could prove that at the time of the "offence" I was on a flight from Thailand & the vehicle was parked on private property (pre SORN days). The tax had run out whilst I was on holiday as I knew it would, so had taken all due precautions before I left. It all turned out, that I was reported by not only a copper who was off duty, but had been on long term sick for over six months. I replied to the DVLA that I could prove the ticket was at best careless, at worst malicious & would see them in court. That was over 10 years ago, nothing heard, out.
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In my early twenties I was working on a cruise ship, one day when we arrived from a Mexico cruise back to Los Angeles I was woken in my bed by a sniffer dog and a large drug enforcement officer with large gun on hip stating the dog had detected drugs from outside the cabin and did I have anything to say. After a good deal of stating NO i dint have any drugs the cop stated he would give me one last chance to come clean, then he asked me loads of questions and had the dog do another sniff round at which point the dog sat infront of my bedside cabinet, more questions followed by a search of said cabinet and teh cop extracted a small bum bag (thing you wore round your waste) again another warning as the dog was going loopy at this stage and then after more questions where I told him where i worked what i did etc etc he asked me a funny question " do you have any $100 bills in your wallet in that bag" ? yes i replied as i worked in the casino we were paid from the cash in teh safe and also had tip money in there, he took a look and then laughed, ... that will be it he said casino cash is very dirty money especially $100 bills as cocaine sniffers often use them to role them up to sniff the cocaine and hence a microscopic residue for cocaine can often be found on $100 bills in circulation. So no issue sir and have a nice day. Bloody amazing sniffer dog and lesson learnt that money is very dirty indeed. It was just a shock to be woken up like that especially as I had a rather bad hangover.
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