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Old 05 October 2014, 13:51   #1
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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 ..









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Old 05 October 2014, 14:05   #2
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Well done sir - you should be very justifiably proud of yourself

I am fed up with people who believe that sh1t won't happen to them because they are only .........................

Accidents happen anywhere - anytime and you only die once.

Someone owes an awful lot to your vigilance and seamanship
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Seconded and well done, that guy was extremely lucky that you were there
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Old 05 October 2014, 14:19   #4
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Thanks . I did not post this to praise myself but to make everybody aware that things like this happen not only in a force 7 @ the west coast of Ireland - things like this even happen when nobody expect something like this could happen !
I am for instance extremely grateful to all the fantastic teams during the Round Ireland last year and the RB this year where I learned A LOT about safety and seamanship !
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RB this year where I learned A LOT about safety and seamanship !
You are very welcome dude

Seriously, well done you should be very proud of yourself. Being with you for 13 days I noticed that when you step on your boat, you change, your so alert and determined. You certainly have it dude

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This guy is extremely fortunate that you were there to assist and were clearly paying attention sufficiently to notice the developing incident!

Looking at the pics of the tug/barge arrangement I'd love to see whether the Master of the tug was operating in accordance with his company's OPs in not having radio comms with a lookout positioned at the bow? If it's not a company/waterway requirement for a tug-assisted movement in this configuration, I'd be amazed.

As Ribochet so rightly says, life-threatening marine-related accidents happen in flat calm water too.
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Looking at the pics of the tug/barge arrangement I'd love to see whether the Master of the tug was operating in accordance with his company's OPs in not having radio comms with a lookout positioned at the bow? If it's not a company/waterway requirement for a tug-assisted movement in this configuration, I'd be amazed.
On the picture you cannot see the width of the tug ! There were 3 (!!!) barges tight up next to each other ! The anglerīs boat was caught by the outer left barge but there were 2 more ..
From the distance I could not identify it and that was why I paid special attention to it .
Fully agree with your comments above and I assume the master reacted so aggressive when I asked him why he had no lookout at the bow cause he knew that in case of investigation he would have been in trouble .
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Found this in the net and do not think that Ukrainian rules differ significantly from this ..

Inland International Rule 5
Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision .
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When chartering on the Rhine in Germany, I was warned to keep clear of the commercial traffic, as they have a history of simply ignoring pleasure craft! :o
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Found this in the net and do not think that Ukrainian rules differ significantly from this ..

Inland International Rule 5
Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision .
Wasn't a Russian in the rowing boat was it?
Well done Jurgen - doing the right thing in the right place at the right time
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