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Old 02 December 2008, 13:08   #1
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Tragic accident Lough Neagh

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7760063.stm

This must be terrible for all concerned. Looks like he slipped on deck and fell into the water - possibly as they were tying up.

I assume he wasn't wearing a lifejacket but many people would have taken it off by then anyway.

Water temp was 4C - not going to last long in that!!!
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Truly tragic.
So close to safety and help so close at hand.......
Do you know for sure if he wasn't wearing a PFD'?
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Those poor girls
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Do you know for sure if he wasn't wearing a PFD'?
Because it took two rescue crews 12hrs to find his body - per the BBC.

And if he'd been wearing his PDF, he'd be in hospital with hypothermia.

Talking to a guy last week, he almost lost his father recently in a similar accident on the Shannon system. Fell in between his cruiser and the bank, no PDF and couldn't get out but couldn't let go of the grass either. A mate saved him after he'd been there for 5 - 10 minutes.
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Because it took two rescue crews 12hrs to find his body - per the BBC.

And if he'd been wearing his PDF, he'd be in hospital with hypothermia.

Talking to a guy last week, he almost lost his father recently in a similar accident on the Shannon system. Fell in between his cruiser and the bank, no PDF and couldn't get out but couldn't let go of the grass either. A mate saved him after he'd been there for 5 - 10 minutes.
I've seen a couple of people fall in like that in the summer from yachts.
It is scary how fast they went down after going in feet first. Luckily both were on busy pontoons and were pulled straight out again.
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Hopefully some of the 'anti PFD' folks can take something away from this sad story.
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Because it took two rescue crews 12hrs to find his body - per the BBC.

And if he'd been wearing his PDF, he'd be in hospital with hypothermia.
You can't really say that as nobody knows, if he had been wearing one and it was manual inflation did he bang his head on the way in etc etc

It's just very sad for anyone related the victim in these accidents
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Hopefully some of the 'anti PFD' folks can take something away from this sad story.
They won't, they'll just say what I think - Let 'em do what they want (you can't legislate for the Stupid and The Immortal). A few morts every year thins the the herd out. But everyone stepping onto my boat will be wearing a PDF, at the pontoon, where on the big 4.5m tides, we get a nice 1.5Kt current running out into the bay.
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You can't really say that as nobody knows,
I'm fairly sure someone does....

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if he had been wearing one and it was manual inflation
The type the vendors recommend for Pilots of light aircraft? Granted, his auto might have failed either. Or a gaint eel might have grabbed him. But I'll put my money on simply not wearing one - so many don't, especially at the bank/port, where, lets face it - what could possibly happen?

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It's just very sad for anyone related the victim in these accidents
Yes. And on this Island, we have far too many of these every year, often on the lakes. The next 10 or so next season will be sad for the families too. Sad for the lads who have to fish them out. Sad the next lot don't learn from their tragic end.
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I assume he wasn't wearing a lifejacket but many people would have taken it off by then anyway


Never assume...................

I saw a guy fall into the Shannon 10 years ago, hit his head on the quay wall as he went in & was held under the hull by his lifejacket!!!!!!!!
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