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Old 14 June 2012, 14:20   #1
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For the sake of the cost of a flare

Life would have been so much easier for the Lifeboat crews if the owner had purchased just one Day/Night flare !!

Early hours of the morning with no clue as to their whereabouts, other than somewhere in the Solent between Hamble and Gosport !!!

BBC News - Crew lost in Solent for three hours without life jackets
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Old 14 June 2012, 18:38   #2
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No spare fuel, gps, radio, flares OR life jackets I would hazard a guess they remembered their supply of "tinnies" tho' bloody good job they had a phone signal.
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this happens all too often, i have no patience for wankers like that.
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Old 15 June 2012, 05:35   #4
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Had they stolen it do you think? More likely to be armed with hack saw and bolt croppers me thinks

Not many ribbers would set off quite that unprepared at that time of the morning.
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Yeh, was mentioned on GAFIRS facebook entry.....Plonkers!
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Slightly different version of events on these 2 links:

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Life would have been so much easier for the Lifeboat crews if the owner had purchased just one Day/Night flare !!
Spare can of fuel is considerably cheaper than a flare.

Whilst I can understand the frustrations of the rescue services, do you think the best way to get people to call for help is to 'humiliate' them on-line when they do get in trouble and have to call for help? I'd have thought it might put some people off calling for help, thereby allowing a bad situation to get worse.

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Not many ribbers would set off quite that unprepared at that time of the morning.
do you think so? what makes the owners of blow up boats more "responsible" than other types of boat owner? could there be an 'unsinkable and just bounces off' complacence?
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do you think so? what makes the owners of blow up boats more "responsible" than other types of boat owner? could there be an 'unsinkable and just bounces off' complacence?
I've seen a few unprepared RIBs, but it's probably safe to say that most RIBnet members carry all the right kit, but of course RIBnet members only make up a small proportion of RIB owners out there.
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Spare can of fuel is considerably cheaper than a flare.

Whilst I can understand the frustrations of the rescue services, do you think the best way to get people to call for help is to 'humiliate' them on-line when they do get in trouble and have to call for help? I'd have thought it might put some people off calling for help, thereby allowing a bad situation to get worse.

do you think so? what makes the owners of blow up boats more "responsible" than other types of boat owner? could there be an 'unsinkable and just bounces off' complacence?
Good to see you back in form, P.
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