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Old 03 July 2009, 11:10   #51
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Pontoons..... a lot of people put likejackets on kids once in the boat - there is as much if not more danger on the pontoon. the boat is probably tied alongside, engine off - so delaying a rescue if someone does fall in. tides can be strong and can drag them out of reach quickly or (I dread this) pull them under pontoons (it has happened).
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Old 03 July 2009, 12:12   #52
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Yes, you feel stupid and a bit of a fool! And so you should (can't understand why some others say you shouldn't)

But you've learnt some lessons and shared your experience as many others on RIBnet have done in an attemp to stop others doing the same.

Well done for being honest!

Hope you make a speedy recovery and are back on the waters ASAP.
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Old 03 July 2009, 12:36   #53
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Easily done in calm water

This was sent to me from a US trade newsletter.

Major accident from a 18" wave (he was going a bit faster though)

http://www.boattest.com/Resources/vi...px?NewsID=3506
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Pontoons..... a lot of people put likejackets on kids once in the boat - there is as much if not more danger on the pontoon. the boat is probably tied alongside, engine off - so delaying a rescue if someone does fall in. tides can be strong and can drag them out of reach quickly or (I dread this) pull them under pontoons (it has happened).
It's a good point. I had to pull my sister back onto a pontoon when she was 5 because she tripped and fell in...
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Old 03 July 2009, 13:03   #55
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It is but where do you draw the line? People have died being swept off coastal paths and piers.

I have yet to see someone wearing a lifejacket on the Mumbles cycle track but maybe it should become compulsory - after all it would be very easy for someone to lose control of their bicycle and end up in the water...........
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Old 03 July 2009, 13:18   #56
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I assume that you didn't have your kill chord on. I know I always use mine when I am alone, but generally don't when I have the Misses with me unless it's superbly lumpy out. Perhaps I'll start to wear it all the time now!
... its not unheard of for everyone on board to get chucked out in which case you will be up the creek without a paddle (and quite possible a boat with a mincing blade circling towards you)... applies equally to Neilda's situation - he now has the advantage that if someone laughs at him for an OTT briefing including how to restart the engine and to put in a mayday if he goes overboard - that he can explain what nearly happened.
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Old 03 July 2009, 14:14   #57
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I was only pondering this afternoon that we all could have been flicked out, could have easily happened and we were at full tilt. The whole experience is dawning on me like an increasingly bad dream- plus, of course, I am in a fair degree of discomfort and off games for a while.

Fed up.
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Old 03 July 2009, 14:51   #58
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I have watched children crabbing at Poole and many other locations, with not a life jacket in sight. A 30ft drop into deep water with limited access and often with large vessels coming and going. IMO its pure madness and I can't wait to leave once I have been there for more than a few minutes.

Well done for having the sense to share your story and perhaps stop it happening to some other poor sod. I Cannot believe that there are not more reported incidents on these forums to be honest.
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Old 03 July 2009, 16:05   #59
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Isn't it strange how most accidents seem to happen when least expected - nice weather and everyone relaxed.

Go out in a Force 9 and you tend to be far more careful..............
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Yes, you feel stupid and a bit of a fool! And so you should (can't understand why some others say you shouldn't)
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- he now has the advantage that if someone laughs at him for an OTT briefing including how to restart the engine and to put in a mayday if he goes overboard - that he can explain what nearly happened.
Thanks to Neil, my briefings just got a lot sharper
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