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Old 15 September 2004, 11:35   #1
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These guys were lucky

https://mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/public/ne...th=9&year=2004
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Old 15 September 2004, 11:41   #2
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Old 15 September 2004, 11:47   #3
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Now thats what happens when you take the dog out for a walk.
Blink and you miss it!

Still 8 days huh? That's a LOOOONG time.
I see they are holding a press conference and it will be interesting to see what comes out of that..........i.e.
why no distress signal
what happened to the boat
why no "overdue" call earlier
EPIRB?
etc etc.

Lets see if we can learn, by learning more about this incident.
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There is a bit more info hear, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3658528.stm
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I think the longest time in a life raft is 66 days after this couples yacht sank in the pacific.

http://www.mdnautical.com/safety.htm
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Old 15 September 2004, 12:10   #6
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Makes you realise how big and lonely the sea can be!

8 days must have been bad - makes you wonder what 117 days in an Avon liferaft would be like - a world record I believe!

On a final note I wonder what the insurance company will say.........
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I thought wrong, 117 days in an Avon, wow!! Scary Stuff
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I thought wrong, 117 days in an Avon, wow!! Scary Stuff
Yes I believe it was a husband and wife team - imagine being stuck with the wife for 117 days with NO escape!!!!
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These people probably got in the life raft and thought "we'll be picked up in a few hours, someone’s bound to see us".

I asked about EPIRB's about a year ago and rapidly coming to the conclusion that it should be an essential piece of equipment for any extended offshore boating.

For £500 they could have an EPIRB with a GPS built in, which would have given then a position locked on within <5minutes to rescue services.

I mean 8 days cooped up with your wife, even £1000 would be money well spent!!

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On a course I did the instructor mentioned a long term session in a liferaft where the couple, one being a medic, used saltwater introduced through the botty ! whereby the salt was filtered out and fresh water absorbed by their bodies, not all bad because they could supplement this by drinking the moisture from fishes eyes that they caught, I think the other person was a biologist or similar, they knew not to eat salty flesh but just the good bits, sounds like fun, eh ???
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