Today I went out with my 18ft hard hull boat for a river cruise on the Dnepr river near Kyiv . Weather was great and we went downstream to the south . There were also plenty of anglers on the water - enjoying this great day .
The sun was shining straight into our faces but I could see a tug boat with 3 huge barges came upstream .
It seemed to me that a little boat in the middle of the river was on the course of the barges and suddenly I could not see it anymore . But against the sun it was hard to see and we were still appr 1/2 of an mile away .
With WOT I approached the barges and found a 10ft fishing boat under the bow of the barge but I could not see a person .
When I wanted to go to the tug boat I found the guy behind the bow of the barge in the undertow of the tug boat close to the ships side .
I managed to get him on board and then I went to the captain of the tug boat to let him stop his ship . He did not even noticed that he overran somebody ..
Since my boat was to high to get underneath the bow of the barge the angler went back into the water - this time secured with a life belt and a life line .
In the end he was extremely lucky that I noticed this accident and I was nearby .
From the bridge the captain could not see at all what is going on in front of the barges . I asked him why he does not have somebody at the bow with a radio communicating with the bridge . He reacted extremely aggressive ..
Next thing what pissed me off was another boat which came over but instead of supporting this idiot made a video with his phone and disturbed even the rescue .. no words ..
Those pictures were taken after the situation was under control .
This happening showed me clearly that safety is not only an issue at sea , in bad weather or other dangerous situations - where most of us are equipped with drysuit / PLB / live vest / radio etc ..
Things like this can happen everywhere - even on a leasure sunday afternoon trip on a river ..