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Old 02 January 2013, 14:00   #41
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While I am not suggesting these guys are very clever you have to look at the other side.

They did not call SAR out.

When offered a tow back in the declined with a "No Thanks"

Why on earth should they have to pay for anything? and why should there be a way of "making them pay"?

As far as i can see from the story someone called in that a boat was in trouble and it turned out they were not.

Im with Starovich on this. Offer them help, offer them advice, if they don't want it let darwin sort it out.

Nos- why would you want a "compulsory towing act"? The responsibility for the safety of a vessel surly lies with the skipper, it is not the place of a lifeboatman to decide who can stay out and who must come in
Agreed......as an ex LBM.......advise, and judge the situation, you wouldn't leave them out there if you thought they'd die, so the Darwin bit doesn't really count. We decked a drunk helm once that had kids on board.....he said thanks afterwards.
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Old 02 January 2013, 14:42   #42
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In the conditions portrayed that would have been foolish, good job they didn't need rescuing

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The picture portrayed looks like very nice conditions to me and I would happily be out sibbing. Not knowing the area I can't say how far their recovery point was from their location at the time, but as long as the impending storm could be avoided I still don't see why we couldn't call it a nice day on the water.
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Old 02 January 2013, 14:59   #43
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The weather and visibility on saturday were dire though the rain died off in the afternoon,no other boats were out that i could see. Flood warnings were in place for the south west and these chaps head out in choppy waters with no one else about with the cg warning a storm front was coming in
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That's why context is important.
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Old 02 January 2013, 15:28   #45
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Just out of interest how many people send a Tango Romeo when heading out?? I have very rarely heard one over the net....
In my rib - every single time without fail. On my jet ski - hardly ever since I don't want the CG to give me a lecture about how dangerous it is to ski alone to France.
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does a jet ski need a nav plan, or at least an intention of destination? Or is it assumed that where they launch that is where they'll berth ( as it were ) ?
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does a jet ski need a nav plan, or at least an intention of destination? Or is it assumed that where they launch that is where they'll berth ( as it were ) ?
It's not so much that, it's the assumption that jet skis must only be used in sheltered waters and that anyone who wants to take one offshore must be mental or reckless. I'm simply not inclined to enter into a debate on the radio about it.
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Some of the jet skis are bigger than ribs, I have a friend that commutes from Hout Bay to Capetown on his jetski........it's a monster, but there it makes as much sense as a scooter, or indeed a Hayabusa.
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That's a good effort considering how big the bruces get down there!
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Wasn't the original story about the call outs over Christmas including a man seen walking into the sea on Christmas day?
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