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Old 21 January 2010, 03:45   #11
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... seeing as the 2nd rib was there on the scene to rescue them all. Why would they also need the RNLI?
People in the water when they were not planning to is generally a good reason for calling in, better safe than sorry when it comes to secondary drowning etc.
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Old 21 January 2010, 03:47   #12
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Thanks for the link.

We tried to stock these guy's product because it ticks a lot of boxes for us, sadly they wanted three times more for delivery than our other paint suppliers.

A local company are looking into a similar product.
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Old 21 January 2010, 06:53   #13
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First RIB capsized so they would be a good chance the second may. Better safe than sorry.
My thoughts exactly. The coastguard won't criticise you for putting in the call, even if there was another boat at the scene to assist. Sod's law dictates that things can inevitably go wrong - for example the boat's propeller could have become fouled from the overturned boat's painter/contents. I'm assuming the coastguard were aware they were on scene training anyway?
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Old 21 January 2010, 08:59   #14
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So if the second RIB had gone over presumably their VHF capability would be reduced (assuming someone had a handheld on them) Top marks to Joe Public. You'd be surprised sometimes at what does go on and does not get called in but turns out ok in the end.
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However had that been two boats from the sailing club, or a training school there would have been some comment made about "an early call to the coastguard enables us to prepare and deploy resources".
I wouldn't disagree. But there is a tendancy these days for people to rely far too heavily on the attitude 'it doesn't matter someone will come an resue me if I get in trouble'. Not being there at the time and not knowing the conditions, it's impossible to make a judgement on this particular case. However, all I was saying, is that just because a boat or people get into a difficulty, it doesn't mean the RNLI are the only people who can sort it out. They may weel have had some very experienced crew on the other vessel. I'm not saying this facetiously either, I've been in the situation of putting out a panpan with an engine failure in the middle of the Ecrehoes.
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.......for example the boat's propeller could have become fouled from the overturned boat's painter/contents.
Yikes. That's the sort of comment that makes me realise how hideously inexperienced I am. I would never think to worry about the upturned boats ropes/warp.
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Its interesting that if that had been 2 boats on here the MCGA press release would almost certainly have specifically criticised them for not putting out a VHF distress call... ...was there no criticism because it was another emergency service?
Yeah dead right but as these guys don't "do" you for speeding I can turn a blind eye
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I wouldn't disagree. But there is a tendancy these days for people to rely far too heavily on the attitude 'it doesn't matter someone will come an resue me if I get in trouble'. Not being there at the time and not knowing the conditions, it's impossible to make a judgement on this particular case. However, all I was saying, is that just because a boat or people get into a difficulty, it doesn't mean the RNLI are the only people who can sort it out. They may weel have had some very experienced crew on the other vessel. I'm not saying this facetiously either, I've been in the situation of putting out a panpan with an engine failure in the middle of the Ecrehoes.
Erin - I am in agreement with you. I'm not suggesting they did anything wrong - just that it seems to be standard practice for MCGA press office to 'complain' about not being called in directly when a problem occurs. My observation was more about the way the MCGA press office usually write press releases - with a slightly patronising tone that actually makes me feel the CG are less approachable and full of their own importance than the purpose which is presumably to encourage me to contact them.

However even if they weren't required (and the RNLI did recover the boat, so were at least useful) it would have been sensible to call them to tell them the situation was under control to avoid resources being deployed unnecessarily, if as happened, a 3rd party relayed the situation.
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I think it depends on how often you deal with the CG, obviously I speak to Humber most weeks via VHF and know a few lads from the local units.
I'm quite happy to ring or shout them on the VHF if I have the slightest bit of trouble but then the odds are it would be the boat I'm on that would come and get me.
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Maybe a call on the VHS to the C.G informing them what was going on at that time .

And assistance was NOT required would have sorted the whole situation out right from the start.
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