Originally Posted by Starovich
I say again
Oppy nationals Line squalls gusts of 40knts, grab the kids leave the boats!
I wonder if we were ever rescuing the same fleet..... ?
In the nationals I rescued at the gusts like that flattened about 4 boats & the rest all had silly grins as they finally got on the plane!
Originally Posted by chris.moody
Yes they are, if they consider leaving the sailor in the water is a serious safety issue (e.g. hypothermia or total exhaustion or serious lack of experience for the wind and sea conditions).
A hypothermic person in the water will often not want to get into the safety boat and you have to take control of the situation as safety boat crew. Also a sailor not coping with the sea conditions will often not want to be taken ashore.
I have seen dinghy crews fight off the rescue boat (literally) and these were people who were clearly not in any state of physical distress.
Flip side I have seen people finally pulled out utterly exhausted and a matter of tens of yards before the dinghy was trashed on the beach after insisiting they could get the thing back upright and barrel rolling it a couple of dozen times.
Somewhere in the middle I have seen boats righted by the rib & sailed back by a crew who reckoned the bar was a better bet in this weather & dinghy crews joining the rescue boat to assist (in the water) with other rescues.
No "pro forma" can ever be used in a situation like this, even although some methods (see RYA rescue boat course or your local equivalent) can be proven to work better than others in most
Originally Posted by CelticNate
Does anybody know if the guy in the water survived and how he did in the race?
I guess he survived or it would have been on the telly by now!