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Old 12 September 2011, 07:15   #1
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How many rescues / incidents have you been involved with

In just over a year and a half ive been involved in the following; I would be interested to learn from other members if they have been involved in similar incidences and do they think the number of incidences are increasing ?

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Last summer I picked up two kayaks'ers and both their kayaks from about half a mile off Lulworth cover, both kayaks had become swomped and they were struggling. No VHF, No Mobile Phone, drifting out to sea.

This year I towed a broken down motor boat back to poole harbour.

This sunday, a very windy day, spotted a very small sailing boat without mast in Studland Bay drifting towards Old Harry and beyond. One small wave from them, thought at first they were waving to say hello, looked through binoculars and spotted the broken mast. Went over and towed them back to studland, 4 persons on board no VHF. They were lucky the breakers by Old Harry were large and only 4 boats in studland bay that day, 3 of which were unocupied.
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Old 12 September 2011, 07:22   #2
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Towed two boats in last year, neither with VHF or a clue
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Four at least that I can remember over the last few years.

Two rescues for people who'd run out of fuel or had spare fuel but no tools/key to open the fuel cap.

One dayboat that had a couple of fishermen on that had become totally disorientated in fog with no vhf or navigation equipment less than a mile offshore.

And one rescue for a couple of lads on a rib well past its best. They had engine failure and were hanging on to a pot marker 1/2 mile offshore. No radio, mobile or safey gear. Not even a shirt on their backs (nice sunny day when they left harbour )
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Old 12 September 2011, 09:00   #4
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Ignoring dinghy rescue where I'm sat there for that very reason......

Oppie nationals in Falmouth 198?, first day blew up a right good hoolie, and in the first 2 hrs towed 2 motor boats, a yacht, a heavily reefed wayfarer and a dead jetski back in... the Oppies just kept racing!

Not much since then, How much of that is down to my boat being OOU for a while I don't know, but was recently involved in a search for a supposed body in the Clyde that had been reported from shore (turned out to be a false alarm - debris was found that probably looked like a head & waving arm from shore) - but as I was on the "sun deck" of the Waverley at the time it probably doesn't count for this thread!
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Boris,

That is quite a tally it's good to know that there are people like you about. I have helped out a lot of people over the years (and been helped myself) but not so many recently. I suspect that you got there first!

Fair play being out yesterday. Blowing 6 - 7 according to Poole Harbour Weather. I went for a walk at Baiter with my boat keys in my pocket (boat is kept at nearby marina, just in case!) but though better of it.
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Despite the mileage I've been doing in recent years, for some reason I've not been in the right place at the right time for quite a while.

In the past I've had to locate and tow in a couple of broken down motor cruisers inc one at night.

Then there was a 40' motor sailor which grounded on an isolated rock, 1st on scene she wasn't taking on water but started to rock quite violently in the swell. Took the wife & 2 kids off as they were panicking then when the lifeboat arrived I transferred one of their crew and a towline.

Last year I responded to the mayday relay from Condor Vitesse. I was at work at the time but there was only one fv in a 20nm radius so figured I may be able to help. Unfortunately this was 08.00 on a weekday and the rush hour traffic was horrific. The ALB was launched whilst I was sat in the car. I got half way down to the casualty when I hit the fog bank which was a pea souper, by this time the last guy had been picked out the water so rather than become another casualty (no radar) I headed back in.
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Four at least that I can remember over the last few years.
Oh, and almost forgot

5 - Rescued the skipper of an Arctic 28 with engine failure on the Seine
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My first rescue was two weekends back, sibber drifting towards 'the orestone' off torquay. Couldnt get his engine going. Towed him back to Torquay. Didnt have a LJ or PFD, radio or anchor. 20ft from rocks when i picked him up. He runs a diving business for a living as well!!!hmmm, i was shocked!!
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Boris,

That is quite a tally it's good to know that there are people like you about. I have helped out a lot of people over the years (and been helped myself) but not so many recently. I suspect that you got there first!

Fair play being out yesterday. Blowing 6 - 7 according to Poole Harbour Weather. I went for a walk at Baiter with my boat keys in my pocket (boat is kept at nearby marina, just in case!) but though better of it.
I only popped out to studland, was windy but had some sunshine for a while. Didn't venture any further that day came back and did a slow cruise round Poole harbour.
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