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Old 03 August 2004, 13:50   #81
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Pleased to hear you are all safe and well.

This no doubt will be talked about in great detail for months if not years to come!

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Old 03 August 2004, 14:22   #82
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We've been with you all the way guys; our heartfelt thoughts on every wave.

Poseidon can break the boat.

But he can't break your spirit.

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Old 03 August 2004, 14:54   #83
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The True Heroes

Please do not take this the wrong way, but the true heroes IMHO are the pilots and crew of the aircraft and ship that went to help, especially the helicopter which was operating at its limits. Perhaps we should spare a thought for the bravery of the crew and their partners and children who waited anxiously for their return.

I don't want to spoil the fact that the crew of the RIB acted bravely and professionaly, but one does wonder whether it is right to do such trips where others lives are put in danger. The cost in monetory terms and others lives put at risk over the last few weeks including Ireland by the RIB HAS to be questioned, someone will have to pay for it, and it will make any money raised look very small indeed. I do think a collection should be made for the rescue crews, they are the ones that should be getting medals!

I am sure that such trips would be different without the aid of beacons and satellite phones, and without doubt these DID save lives, it is very easy to rely on these devices, but had they been unusable things could have been very different. This was a very lucky escape, and happily so for all of us and those concerned.

Perhaps now enough is enough, nothing is worth unnecessarily risking others lives for. If challenges do go ahead then perhaps they should have a full backup crew of volunteers who will carry out any rescue.

It would be nice to see some public thanks to the rescue crews rather than :-

- "It will teach us - we'll learn something from it," he said, promising to be back in the water soon. -

I saw no mention of any thanks at all for the rescue in any reports, but perhaps that was edited out by the media.

Just my personal views on it all, so happy everyone ended up safe.
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Old 03 August 2004, 15:03   #84
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Such a good point about the media Peter. The emergency services have been brilliant here as they always are.

Lets hope we leisure boaters need their help as rarely as possible.

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Thanks for taking it in the way it was meant.

I am sure that none of the rescuers thought that on that shift they would be out 200 miles or so from a safe haven saving lives. They took it in their stride which is a credit to the professionalism we have here in the UK, but still I would not have liked to be out in a chopper 200miles from land, they don't float that well, well not for very long anyway.

Still a happy ending and lessons learnt by all. I am sure there will be more than a few people checking their grab bags, checking safety gear and buying life jackets this weekend
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Old 03 August 2004, 15:17   #86
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You're so right.
A happy ending because nothing can replace any life lost for their loved ones. Whether rescuers or rescuees...

(I get really scared every time I try to imagine that wall of water smashing into the front of the cabin.)

As for emergency peeps e.g. helicopter rescue (and a few are members here) I can't even imagine the courage it takes to do that job. What heroes.

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Heart goes out the crew and I'd like to thank the rescue personnel, I heard on the news tonight that Spirit will be sunk by the Navy. I guess a burial at sea is a fitting end for her voyages.

So glad that Alan, Kevin, Paul and Egbert are fit to fight another day, I'm sure that your respective families will be glad to get you home.



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Well yes! there for the grace of God goes us! It just shows that if it can happen to the most experienced it can happen to us, now how many of us would have been able to handle such a situation, perhaps a few dry runs of what to do in certain situations, e.g. engine loss, holed boat and man overboard drills could be on the agenda for the weekend. Even knowing where all the safety gear is, AND that is IS on board. I guess some of us get a bit cocky and don't check as often as we should. A full safety check on my boat is on my agenda on Friday evening, I can tell you that
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It's obvious this rattled you PeteB.
You're not the only one. Good advice. It's hard to practice some stuff tho I guess...........

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I could't agree with you more, Peter.

Whilst I have genuine admiration for Alan and his crews spirit and sense of adventure, the true heroes in this story are the rescue team.

Just think - they may well be back on duty now and have to go out on another shout tonight..

Thank god everyone involved came back to dry land.

No doubt Alan and the boys will be back, and good luck to them. It would be a sad day if people stopped pushing the limits. But isn't it good to know that there is someone there to come to your aid in the event of the "you know what" hitting the fan?

Please keep the news coming Missus.
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