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Old 05 July 2009, 11:24   #71
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Jaysus lads, FFS, if you want I can hold him down and you can jump on his other arm.....

I think he gets the picture
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Old 05 July 2009, 11:46   #72
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All I have to add, is thank you for sharing this. I have seen videos of boats out of control through not wearing kill cord etc etc and the old age thing "it will never happen to me" but it makes you aware things do happen.
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This shows just how violent it can be!!!

And another........

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This shows just how violent it can be!!!
wish I could see that from a forward pointing camera
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Learning to swim is a big help..............

I grew up by the Red Sea - learnt to swim at about 3 or 4 - was scuba diving by 7. I used to sneak out at 6am and go swimming on my own in the sea. I fell off more boats and jumped off more bridges than I care to remember - and I am STILL here!!!

How long will it be before every kid on the beach is wearing a lifejacket.............
You mean they don't already?? No wonder thousands drown.

Judging by your foolhardy ventures at an age when you should never have been let outside unsupervised, Codprawn, it would seem your parents were as irresponsible as mine. Thank goodness the children of today (i.e, anyone under the age of forty) are far more responsible and knowledgeable about the dangers of life and know that, to climb a tree one needs a responsible adult on hand, a safety harness, and certificates from HSE and local environmental groups. As for water - it's dangerous, didn't ought to be allowed and best avoided at all costs.
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Sorry about your bad luck Neil.

Certainly has made me think a bit more re my safety briefings!

take care and get back on!
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Old 05 July 2009, 14:30   #77
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I think he gets the picture
I dont think anyone is taking anything other than a totally positive line from the op's opening post. (Including himself) Accidents dont occur when you expect them, and the more we can learn from this sort of situation the better for everyone, even the smallest of details may trigger a thought or notion about something, any other member here may have overlooked.

What has surprised me thus far, is how easy it is to become disabled and in the case of a solo voyage , render your self pretty helpless, having got the radio, the GPS or the phone sorted, its easily useless. In my line of work, I have a backup for everything, and sometimes a backup for a backup, now if I was in Neildas position (as sometimes I dont wear the kill cord either) its fair to say I'd be similary stuffed, and what surprises me is that, having knee boarded for many years, I've had my fair share of wipe outs .. hitting the water at a fair velocity and never in my mind had I considered the debilitation of a dislocated shoulder from such an event. Its fair to say you are closer to the water in such a case, but its a horiffic thought to see your boat heading off into the distance leaving you in the middle of nowhere, in the cold water, wondering what the hell you're gonna do next ? or worse still .. coming back towards you in an instant at full bung, and you cant get out of the way fast enough
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What has surprised me thus far, is how easy it is to become disabled and in the case of a solo voyage , render your self pretty helpless, having got the radio, the GPS or the phone sorted, its easily useless. In my line of work, I have a backup for everything, and sometimes a backup for a backup, now if I was in Neildas position (as sometimes I dont wear the kill cord either) its fair to say I'd be similary stuffed, and what surprises me is that, having knee boarded for many years, I've had my fair share of wipe outs .. hitting the water at a fair velocity and never in my mind had I considered the debilitation of a dislocated shoulder from such an event. Its fair to say you are closer to the water in such a case, but its a horiffic thought to see your boat heading off into the distance leaving you in the middle of nowhere, in the cold water, wondering what the hell you're gonna do next ? or worse still .. coming back towards you in an instant at full bung, and you cant get out of the way fast enough

Scary stuff init?

Bit OT but a mate of mine damaged something to do with his ear when he came of his ski at speed. His head was flopping onto his right shoulder. He wasn't fit to sh!t in a bucket for a long time.

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I wonder = was it hitting the water that dislocated his shoulder or being wrenched from the wheel???
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What has surprised me thus far, is how easy it is to become disabled and in the case of a solo voyage , render your self pretty helpless, having got the radio, the GPS or the phone sorted, its easily useless. ................ what surprises me is that, having knee boarded for many years, I've had my fair share of wipe outs .. hitting the water at a fair velocity and never in my mind had I considered the debilitation of a dislocated shoulder from such an event. Its fair to say you are closer to the water in such a case, but its a horrific thought to see your boat heading off into the distance leaving you in the middle of nowhere, in the cold water, wondering what the hell you're gonna do next ?
You've pretty neatly summed up how it was.

Without a jacket I wouldn't be here now. On my own, not completely confident how I would have fared - not well.

When the ball joint of your arm is some place floating around in your upper chest and that upper quarter is paralysed with pain, that 50 jacket is probably the best money you've ever spent as you watch the wake of your boat disappear into the distance!

Feeling for your beautiful watch and realising it's not there was the final sock in the wedding vegetables.

Feeling slightly less aches today guys and thanks for all the good wishes - they're extremely well received.

My lessons?

1. Life Jacket (you could easily be injured and in the water)
2. Kill cord (+a spare around the wheel)
3. Briefings
4. No matter how cool you look in your wayfairers standing up behind the wheel, don't turn hard when you're airborne! A big guy can be flipped out in a heartbeat - effortlessly it seemed.


PS, Cod, it was hitting the water that pulled the arm out.
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