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Old 03 January 2012, 07:24   #31
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I think the concensus of opinion is the media often publish the detail of rescues incorrectly and not the RNLI. For those taking part in rescues usually the person/s being rescued are very gratefull and it should be enouth rather than media attention so does it matter anyway who gets the credit. We all know the RNLI do a fab job and may they and all the non boaters who respond to requests for help continue to do so.

One issue perhaps is that the media may think looking at the RNLI statistics of call outs is those are the definitive statistics and numbers, I expect there are around 30% more rescues than reported each year. Ive personally picked up two kayakers last year and also towed 2 small powerboats and one demasted small sailing vessel back to safety, however I did not report those to anyone as all were fit and well onboard, had no signs of exposure and were in very good form. (and dont start telling me I should have done X Y or Z, sometimes you know when something is minor and can be handled or when you need to call for further assistance) My point is im sure there are a lot more rescues that occur that do not get registered or reported on.
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Old 03 January 2012, 11:19   #32
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RNLI boats have been launched at Dover, Bembridge, Dungerness and Gravesend in last few hours into what thye describe as very challenging conditions. Yep no arguement we are seeing force 10-11.
Here is one example of todays rescues locally from BBC
A man who fell out of his dinghy after rowing out of Portsmouth harbour during a storm with Force 12 winds has been rescued and airlifted to hospital.

Police and Solent Coastguard were alerted when they received a call from a sailing club in Gosport.

Brian Taylor, coastguard watch assistant, said: "He went out with 60 knots of wind around his ears."

The victim, who was suffering from severe hypothermia, was airlifted to Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra hospital.

"We don't know what he was trying to do but it's not very sensible during a Force 12 with storm force winds of up to 62 knots an hour," Mr Taylor said.

"By the time he was found he had spilled out of his dinghy.

"He was very confused and is now in a pretty bad state."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office: ROWER RESCUED IN GALE FORCE WINDS
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Old 03 January 2012, 11:48   #33
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Well my office window looks out over the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour towards Gosport Marina and I didn't see him..... Mind you at one point the Wight ferry disappeared in the driving rain as it was struggling to get into position to dock. Nice now though.




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Here is one example of todays rescues locally from BBC
A man who fell out of his dinghy after rowing out of Portsmouth harbour during a storm with Force 12 winds has been rescued and airlifted to hospital.

Police and Solent Coastguard were alerted when they received a call from a sailing club in Gosport.

Brian Taylor, coastguard watch assistant, said: "He went out with 60 knots of wind around his ears."

The victim, who was suffering from severe hypothermia, was airlifted to Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra hospital.

"We don't know what he was trying to do but it's not very sensible during a Force 12 with storm force winds of up to 62 knots an hour," Mr Taylor said.

"By the time he was found he had spilled out of his dinghy.

"He was very confused and is now in a pretty bad state."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office: ROWER RESCUED IN GALE FORCE WINDS
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Old 03 January 2012, 11:58   #34
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Here is one example of todays rescues locally from BBC
A man who fell out of his dinghy after rowing out of Portsmouth harbour during a storm with Force 12 winds has been rescued and airlifted to hospital.

Police and Solent Coastguard were alerted when they received a call from a sailing club in Gosport.

Brian Taylor, coastguard watch assistant, said: "He went out with 60 knots of wind around his ears."

The victim, who was suffering from severe hypothermia, was airlifted to Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra hospital.

"We don't know what he was trying to do but it's not very sensible during a Force 12 with storm force winds of up to 62 knots an hour," Mr Taylor said.

"By the time he was found he had spilled out of his dinghy.

"He was very confused and is now in a pretty bad state."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office: ROWER RESCUED IN GALE FORCE WINDS
What a 'numpty head' is all I can say, hope he is OK though. The small sailing boat I towed back to studland bay that had demasted was a group of 4 numpty heads who went out in a near force 6, they had life jackets, well the sort of water sports jackets, no radio and no phone, when they waved at me as I zoomed past in such a casual way I thought they were just saying hello, once I had moored up to a buoy in Studland Bay I took my binnoculas out and had a close look and realised it was a small sailing boat without its mast and they were in need of help. I went out to them and towed them back to the beach, I only got a very casual thanks, they seemed very ignorant of the danger they were in. The world is full of numpty heads ha ha
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Its been a busy day for the RNLI crews, such dedication to help
Dungeness and Dover RNLI lifeboats launched in Storm Force 11 conditions to vessel in distress
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I only got a very casual thanks
My experience; you got more than some, me included. The upside, the inner glow lasts a long, long time
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RYA suspend training company following the eight hour rescue . A shame for one of our local companies but maybe it was just a bad call on the day
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RYA suspend training company following the eight hour rescue . A shame for one of our local companies but maybe it was just a bad call on the day
A bad call on the day? really??

Will be interesting if the facts ever come out but in my book setting out with a force 9 and 10 in the forecast is crazy, more so if you have inexperienced crew.

It appears the skipper was well aware of the forecast and even made his knowledge public by way of social media suggesting which sails he might try!

Not the first incident for this company (third in around 12 months i believe) i hope commercial pressures have not overcome the safety of crew and vessel in decision making.

Thankfully all crew are ok and top marks to RNLI for what sounds like a very difficult rescue.
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would this be the same boat? MAIB Report at following link:

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