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Old 15 September 2015, 04:12   #1
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Poole Harbour Users - keep a look out for

Anyone based around Poole who uses the East Looe Channel, there is a chap mid fifties who likes to snorkel across this busy channel at this time of year. He can often be seen in the late afternoon entering via the small beach to the east of the Haven Hotel and he likes to cross the channel.

In the past 5 years ive nearly hit him 3 times, he tends to like to dive under the water and hence if your going along in the late afternoon returning to Poole the sun can be low and facing you, the glare from the water also does not help, so at times you can completely not see him or see him at the last minute and have to steer away quickly.

Many people are not so conscious of their speed in this channel so there is a high risk to this individual, the Poole Harbour Master, RNLI etc are all aware of this chap, he is a tw&t and takes no notice of various peoples warnings towards him, usually if you honk your horn and give him some advice he tells you to F off and sticks his V fingers up.

Personally I give him no more than a few more years until he gets wiped out by some boater.

Im sure it would not be nice to be responsible for a death so I thought I would mention this to you all.

He wont change his ways so watch out in that area when the sun is low.
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Limassol in Cyprus is a favourite place for solo divers to play, especially the area off Ladies Mile and Akrotiri Bay. Unfortunately, during my five years boating in the area there were many reported near misses and at least one fatality.
It is almost impossible to pick out a person's head in even a slight swell. Some people believe it is their given right to behave so irresponsibly.
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Thanks for the heads up, agree this is a disaster waiting to happen.
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Couple of swimmers in Colwell bay ( quite far from the shore ) a few weeks ago, had those bright orange floats that they tow behind, no probs spotting them, I guess personal safety is not a priority for our friend in Poole
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As long as he's not wearing diving gear or anything hard or sharp that could damage the prop or hull, I don't see a problem.
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As long as he's not wearing diving gear or anything hard or sharp that could damage the prop or hull, I don't see a problem.
Thanks Pikey Dave that made my day, I just laughed out loud in a large office environment.
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Thanks Pikey Dave that made my day, I just laughed out loud in a large office environment.

I was being serious...for a change


.....sh1t happens.......
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Does he use any form of Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)? - When I'm spear fishing (just off the local scars at low tide so not somewhere a boat would want to be) I still use an SMB incorporating a small blow up diver down flag, this is probably reasonably visible given my proximity to the shore. This guy seems to be snorkelling in an unsuitable area though!
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Does he use any form of Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)? - When I'm spear fishing (just off the local scars at low tide so not somewhere a boat would want to be) I still use an SMB incorporating a small blow up diver down flag, this is probably reasonably visible given my proximity to the shore. This guy seems to be snorkelling in an unsuitable area though!
The only marker he uses is his bold head, he doesn't even have a snorkel tube showing, just a mask and he goes under the water at times and takes no notice of boaters. Poole Harbour people and RNLI are aware of him and have had words in past. He will be hit im sure at some point. Some people you just cant change their ways.
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