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Old 01 January 2013, 06:22   #1
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Isn't it time a 'compulsory towing' act was introduced for morons like these?

BBC News - Birnbeck Island fishermen refuse lifeboat hope in rough seas
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Old 01 January 2013, 06:26   #2
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meh, leave em out there, darwin will win in the end
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Old 01 January 2013, 06:30   #3
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If they didn't get back to shore until 17.00 GMT it would have been pitch dark?
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Old 01 January 2013, 06:33   #4
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meh, leave em out there, darwin will win in the end
If it was me who found them I would have done, but these fools took up valuable resources.

Surely there's a case for giving them an involuntary tow back to land?
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I think in these selfish stupid circumstanses, there should be a way of making these idiots pay, for waisted services and the risks to lives
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I think in these selfish stupid circumstanses, there should be a way of making these idiots pay, for waisted services and the risks to lives
They should have had a bit more kit with them but its like these folk that call the RSPCA they don't always know the circumstances
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I really respect the RNLI, and if I ever get in trouble their is no one I would rather see than them.

But what about the other side of this incident ? They did not call for help, they stayed out for another 2 hours and then returned home safely under there own power. At no point did they need rescuing. I agree they were bloody stupid with no flares or radio, but conditions looked fairly calm and the HonWave is a decent SIB.
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I think in these selfish stupid circumstanses, there should be a way of making these idiots pay, for waisted services and the risks to lives
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
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it is not the place of a lifeboatman to decide who can stay out and who must come in
A very valid point, and this is the problem with a lot of society issues today. As soon as someone becomes responsible for someone else they will end up erring on the side of caution and eventually you'll find everyone being towed in. The slight of risk of not towing someone in will one day end up as a lawsuit and huge compensation claims because the poor lifeboat man made the wrong choice. As said, let Darwin takes its course.
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I really respect the RNLI, and if I ever get in trouble their is no one I would rather see than them.

But what about the other side of this incident ? They did not call for help, they stayed out for another 2 hours and then returned home safely under there own power. At no point did they need rescuing. I agree they were bloody stupid with no flares or radio, but conditions looked fairly calm and the HonWave is a decent SIB.
Agreed +1
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