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Old 04 August 2019, 08:08   #1
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incident with seasafari rib Rowy, Poland

this happened when the seasafari rib was returning to Rowy harbour with a number of passengers. Fortunately there where no injuries but my guess is that there are bound to be some changes now in Poland regarding these thrill rides.

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What actually happened there? Did it travel faster than the surf and drop off the surf? How can you regulate for that? What regulation does Poland currently have?

Seems like a less than ideal harbour design with the surf running straight in.
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Looks like it went off the front of the wave too slowly. Easily done, particularly if you're trying to sit right on top of it — for maximum depth under the prop, perhaps.


I've done it twice myself and once it's happened the only way out is more power ahead — or a nice smooth landing on the beach, in my case, which is why I did it by accident the first time and deliberately the second time.


They clearly weren't so fortunate. I wonder if the narrow entrance made the waves more difficult. A few seconds more video at the start would help!
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What actually happened there? Did it travel faster than the surf and drop off the surf? How can you regulate for that? What regulation does Poland currently have?

Seems like a less than ideal harbour design with the surf running straight in.


There are a number of rivers along the Polish coast and the entrances are similar to the one at Rowy. An experienced helmsman for those waters should have known better as it was for sure his fault. He should never have tried to go over the crest just ride the surf. I have had a few rib holidays in Dziwnow where there is a similar entrance and have played on the surf which must admit was not as big as the one on the film.

The harbour is further up river and the surf does not reach it

As for the regulations we in the U.K. have strict ones for charter ribs but in Poland it is more relaxed . The donít have to carry life rafts unless going more then 3 Nm from safe haven. The lifejackets do not have to be of an approved type . Not so sure about what certification the helmsman must hold.
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Whooo, A whole lot of things came together there. Harbour entrance without a breakwater, crappy boat design, and poor driving. Shoulda stayed on the back of the wave.
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Nz coast guards have loads of YouTube videos on how to cross a bar. That is not it.
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What actually happened there? Did it travel faster than the surf and drop off the surf? How can you regulate for that? What regulation does Poland currently have?

Seems like a less than ideal harbour design with the surf running straight in.
Stepping though it, it looks like he was sitting in front of the wave and let it overtake him as it was breaking. Bit of positioning and commitment and it probably wouldn't have happened.

Also the setup of the boat looks like there's too much weight forward that wouldn't have helped but that wasn't a particularly big wave and that has to beg some questions about the boat's design as well.

Just fortunate there were no casualties.
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What actually happened there? Did it travel faster than the surf and drop off the surf? How can you regulate for that? What regulation does Poland currently have?

Seems like a less than ideal harbour design with the surf running straight in.
Looks like a classic case of surf down a wave, bury the bow and broach, then capsize as the wave catches up ............. just needed full throttle off the bottom of the wave to lift the bow and give directional stability ........... definitely pilot error. The boat looks to be medium V, so its directional stability is poor when compared to a deep v hull ..........

The worst boats I have helmed for trying to broach in similar circumstances is the Merry Fisher and Quicksilver pilot house boats .......... you have got be quick on the throttle to avoid the broach ..........

Another point is that whenever possible avoid white water breaking waves.
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Yip. That's what I'm not clear how increased regulation might help. This is a human skill factor.

You could regulate the hull design better and insist on better V or better weight distribution.

You can insist on a liferaft but that would neither have prevented an incident or helped in this situation. {Not sure UK is much different in requirements}

You can insist on different life jackets. But these ones looked to do what they needed (was it the skipper on the hull?)

You can increase training & certification. But this required a degree of skill. Eye off ball - same issue...? UK that boat could be driven in there with a PB2 who can tell the difference between red & green at 2 miles.

The issue to me is the narrow entrance with the surf. If you regulate something it should probably be that...
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Whooo, A whole lot of things came together there. Harbour entrance without a breakwater, crappy boat design, and poor driving. Shoulda stayed on the back of the wave.
Totally agree with you.
Bad weight distribution, bad trim, high speed maybe ..
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