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Old 15 February 2010, 16:19   #41
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"keep well clear and at slow speed"
So its pretty much open to what the helm classes as well clear and slow speed?
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and the opinion of the coroner and judge if someone hits a surfacing diver eh. A black head on a dark sea is not the easiest thing to see!
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I remember it being of the "keep well clear" type of instruction as well. Basically show some common sense, 50-100m is not a lot of distance in some cases.
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I remember it being of the "keep well clear" type of instruction as well. Basically show some common sense, 50-100m is not a lot of distance in some cases.
ok ,,half a mile then ,,,lol,,, problem with the col regs dont forget is that they cover just about any size vessel , small leisure craft sail or power to large ships ,its all down to common sense ,small dinghy may pass fine where as a trawler towing a large net may cause a bit of concern ,
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So we can say no distance has been set.

I personally had a hood with a bright yellow stripe down the middle and yellow fins.

Not sure how it would stand up in court if a dive boat had a A flag and a diver was struck by another boat. What happens if the said dive boat left harbour with the A flag flying.....
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Not sure how it would stand up in court
if t'flags up and the diver is down then the correct signal is shown and the correct response is expected one would think. If the flag was flying when leaving harbour then perhaps those are mitigating cicumstances, but with a stopped boat i doubt the excuse ""i didnt think he really meant it" is gonna hold water. And as we were keeping "a good look out by all means available" then we would have seen it -p'raps.
When we were working in IJmuiden it was a regular thing to see a dutchman frantically waving an "A" flag from the side of a docked vessel that was having underwater welding work being carried out. Mind you the noise from our big twin diesels with above water exhausts was enough to worry anyone
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When we were working in IJmuiden it was a regular thing to see a dutchman frantically waving an "A" flag from the side of a docked vessel that was having underwater welding work being carried out. :
i have seen very large diamond shaped advanced warning boards put up warning of divers working under moored up ships or diving on shoreworks in confined rivers ports ect
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what has pissed me in the past is when you are pulling a fleet of pots that have been there all night all bouyed and flagged and and some orange rib stops about 50 yards in front of you and the D.O starts shouting in a posh voice and waving that they are diving a wreck and to keep clear, like its some sort of piss take .or when they pull up and start diving when there is a group of angling boats perhaps fishing a wreck expecting everyone to pack up and go elsewhere,
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Off topic but in relation to Mart's post.

I can spend a bit of time setting setting the Aquabell up for a good drift across a wreck so we hit it nicely and some tosser turns up with no GPS and stops 40ft away from you because he doesn't have the knowledge or equipment to do this themselves.
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Not to put too fine a point on it but there are tossers everywhere in every pastime and job.
I hit two bouy ropes in Orkney last year that were not hanked up and were left drifting more than 50yds from the actual bouy plus even had a fisherman who deliberately was casting for the bubbles.
Never had a problem with fishermen on wrecks but I can imagine there are some diver idiots who will have, unfortunately they do get everywhere.
Even as a diver I would have to admit that a considerable number of divers do not know how to properly operate a RIB or have any consideration.

ps I could not be called posh by any stretch of the imagination
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