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Old 27 July 2013, 14:44   #1
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A powerboat owner has been safely plucked from the sea after three hours in the water off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-sou...wales-23469810

Should have been luck and plucky chap wanting to continue to Ireland ...

He must have been a non swimmer or could not have had a ladder !

You can use your trim tilt to bring you out of the water by straddling the leg and puts the up button on the engine
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Lucky or just well prepared? Lucky would be, to be found somewhere by chance, I must say the fella was well prepped I think.
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Lucky he had an epirb on him!
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And if you look on the round Ireland thread you can get his story first hand. Well prepared.
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Lucky he had an epirb on him!
I'd still say its all down to being well prepped. I'd av been a gonna in that time as I'm nowhere near as well kitted as him.

Now then if your talking about luck, then I would say he's certainly lucky he didn't meet the Daddy of this little fella caught in the same area recently.

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I'd still say its all down to being well prepped. I'd av been a gonna in that time as I'm nowhere near as well kitted as him.

Now then if your talking about luck, then I would say he's certainly lucky he didn't meet the Daddy of this little fella caught in the same area recently.
If you'd been doing the RI13 you'd have had this kit as it was all mandatory - so PLB, Dry Suit, Gecko, Kill Cord (obviously!!), HH VHF (for what it was worth!) plus fixed VHF, plus Flares were all on the kit list.

Would be intersting to know from MustRIB if he bought the PLB specially and if so if he felt it was overkill... I thought it was overkill because I thought there was plenty of boats nearby and so a HH VHF would have done the trick to alert another RIB of a problem. Hadn't factored on the HH VHF being obliterated plus the other boats were not with this guy as the event hadn't officially begun.
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You can't be "over prepared".
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Bobbing about in the sea for 3 hours is not what I'd call lucky, sounds like a nightmare to me. Great advert for kill cords and epirbs.
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You can't be "over prepared".
As long as you don't sink under the weight of all the safety gear....
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Lucky or just well prepared? Lucky would be, to be found somewhere by chance, I must say the fella was well prepped I think.
My thinking too!..We all know how, unforgiving the Sea can be...and how easy things can..(and do) go Tit's Up!
This is WHY you buy,and learn to USE the Right Kit, very may well have been a different outcome without it.With all the negative tragic stories of late...Well done Fella I say!
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"Milford Haven coastguards said the owner said he was determined to press on and continue his journey but they were able to persuade the owner to return to the Welsh coast."

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"Milford Haven coastguards said the owner said he was determined to press on and continue his journey but they were able to persuade the owner to return to the Welsh coast."

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That Would take some Balls!...
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Fall off your Horse and get right back in the saddle.....Utter respect
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"Milford Haven coastguards said the owner said he was determined to press on and continue his journey but they were able to persuade the owner to return to the Welsh coast."

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I can sympathise, I went to Wales once.
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...for those reading this thread and not the others:

MustRib returned to Neyland and repaired his seat with self tappers and sikka. He then travelled solo to Dunlaoghaire and has rejoined the Challenge. Too early to award prizes, but I reckon if there is one for sheer guts and determination, he should get it.

His RNLI "justgiving" page is here if you want to support his cause: Linky
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My thinking too!..We all know how, unforgiving the Sea can be...and how easy things can..(and do) go Tit's Up!
This is WHY you buy,and learn to USE the Right Kit, very may well have been a different outcome without it.With all the negative tragic stories of late...Well done Fella I say!
Fully agree with you, I think MR has set the standard kit now, especially for those that occasionally rib alone, so it seems the EPIRB and the drysuit and ?gecko helmet, are what saved him, I put ? by the Gecko because it makes me wonder if he could have managed without it. but he does say it kept his head warm, which is essencial if many hours are to be spent helplessly drifting, the gecko could have saved head injury/concussion as well I suppose.
What does suprise and concern me is the time taken for the emergency message to be recieved, with todays techno I would have thought that epirb MOB message would be recieved within 10 min, services actived within 20 min, would be interesting to know if his HH/VHF had servived, would he have been located sooner, or would the vhf range be to impaired at sea level to get a M-D through. can't always rely on others keeping a radio watch to relay a message either, so the epirb is a fantastic life saving piece of kit, but just needs tweeking to get the message through quicker IMHO.
The Sea can indeed be unpredictable and unforgiving nowhere less than the ST Georges channel, where fast currents and deep reefs can exaggerate the situation, I know of these "Mother of holes" that MR mentioned, I've asked the council to fill them in and still waiting for a reply.

Yes I'd say well done to the fella too.
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For some reason his GPS fix took a long time based on his account. Thats what caused the delay. But without the EPIRB it could have been hours longer or even days depending what checking in arrangements he'd made in Ireland before a search began. I guess the answer is to go equipped asuming you'll need to be possitioned by a LEOsat which can take 90 mins before the search begins and will be a less accurate pos.
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