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Old 20 January 2013, 05:19   #1
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Boating "disasters"

I have just watched a TV program about the top 10 disasters at sea.
Now, whilst disagreeing with their No.1 which was open car-deck doors on ferries, I wonder what we thought?
Obviously there will be differences between diesel and petrol ribs, but.......

fire?
hitting a large semi-submerged object? and losing tubes or hull integrity?
weather?
getting lost?
capsize?
being swallowed by a whale?

What do you think?
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Old 20 January 2013, 05:32   #2
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Surely the biggest disaster is the one that results in the biggest loss of life, irrespective of how it occurred?
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Old 20 January 2013, 05:44   #3
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getting lost?

being swallowed by a whale?
Do you mean getting lost and ending up in Wales?

More seriously the "big cock ups" on ribs would be:

- fire [never heard of one on a rib that actually resulted in serious injury though]
- capsize (weather, user error, big seas following engine failure)
- collision (other boat, rocks, submerged object - the sudden stop at speed is likely to result in injury)
- structural failure
- man (or everybody) overboard; perhaps the most common reason for spectacular disaster (other the skipper error) is console/seats detaching from hull.
- mincing someone in the water
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Old 20 January 2013, 06:06   #4
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Do you mean getting lost and ending up in Wales?
It Happens !
Going back a few years a couple of lads in Ireland decide to check out the pubs on the Isle of Man ,
They set of in the general direction in an inflatable with outboard only to miss it in the fog , they were rescued by a welsh lifeboat
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Old 20 January 2013, 06:06   #5
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- mincing someone in the water
A recent pic on our FB page, prop damage, sorry if your a bit Squeamish

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A recent pic on our FB page, prop damage, sorry if your a bit Squeamish

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someone I know commented about the pic (looking at the widening gaps from left to right looks like the helm was quick on the throttle to slow down )!!
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Some days you're lucky to be a fat git I guess. It'd have killed someone skinny...
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OK, after that horrible pic (what, he is NOT dead!!) back to what I think was the intent of the OP.
Probably my worst 'moment' was years ago when helming one of the dive club SIBs, with I think four other divers on board. Just returning from our outing, and entering Langstone harbour where there can be tricky tides, I was suddenly faced with a wall of water. The sea had just opened up in front of us and we slammed into that wall of water. Divers and kit went everywhere, some into the water and some into the upturned bows of the boat, the stringers having come loose allowing boat to 'bend' with the bows now pointing skywards. I had a soft landing on one of my fellow divers with no serious injury. Infact we got off very lightly, with just some very minor scrapes.
No moral to the story, just be careful out there!!!
Then there was the three lads off the eastern side of the IoW, but that is another story, and probably their worst boating disaster.........
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Some days you're lucky to be a fat git I guess. It'd have killed someone skinny...
or missed a skinny guy completely?
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