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Old 17 November 2007, 16:34   #21
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p.s. It was Jon Fuller.
damn good it is to have him back.

Matt Just for the record people that do voluntary work and then carp on about it really dissapoint me, people that help others and keep it to themselves are heroes in my opinion. So I guess you guys know which category I'd fit you in to and are as such fair game for me to take the piss out of.

Having said that to compare th RNLI fund raising efforts to those employed by the Third Reich in their concentration camps was, on reflection. unacceptable, They are not quite that bad hence the apology.
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Old 17 November 2007, 16:38   #22
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p.s. It was Jon Fuller.

woz he the chinscratcher that cahnaged my signature as well
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Sorry but this has gone on long enough and I can't keep quiet any longer.

I was involed in a rescue, whilst out at the weekend enjoying my boat on the solent. I wasn't working at all and we had a mayday over the radio. Normally we'd just see where it was and let the SAR people do their stuff but this was just 2 mins away from us.

We headed over to see if we could do something and in the end all we did was help drive the safety boat being used by the group involved back to the hamble with the remaining of the unaffected group. Without going too much into the details somebody had been racing zapcats and another boat landed on top of him knocking him out of the boat in the middle of the Solent.

The Cowes inshore lifeboat was there in ten mins but it felt like an eternity! They decided a helicopter was the order of the day and whilst waiting the Venturers turned up.

Unfortunately they did not get off to a good start when they drove straight into the side of my boat and then he bellowed at me "You don't tell me what to do, I tell YOU what to do".

Now personally I'd fail him for a level 2 powerboat at that and let his car tyres down for being a rude old sod. No apology was forthcoming for the attitude or the driving all because I waved at him not to drive over the people in the water when he came barreling in!

Without question the Venturers boat did nothing whatsoever to help the situation except be a boat in the way.

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Old 20 November 2007, 07:34   #24
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Hmm....Matt's gone quiet!

Wasn't an old ... with a beard was it by any chance?

I trust you informed Solent CG of the collision, they can add it to the list...
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Old 20 November 2007, 08:29   #25
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how can you drive into somebody with a jet drive boat! They stop in their own length or less!
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Old 20 November 2007, 09:34   #26
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Interesting to read this,

What year was it, were in the Solent did it happen, description of the rescue boat so we can help trace a year etc etc?

Thankyou for bringing it to my attention though

I have no knowledge of this incident, please enlighten me with some more facts as would like to check our log books and records.

Rouge wave, correct about jet boats, one of many fantastic tricks they can do
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Old 20 November 2007, 10:39   #27
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Old 20 November 2007, 11:12   #28
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November 20th? 2004

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ght=Helicopter
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thanks for that,

i believe that CJL may have had the rescue boat confused, we do not normally operate that late in the year, havnt gone past october each year (apart from this season) since i joined in 2003, we do not have a plaque with ILB on our boats....anywere..

I do not recall this incident, i do not believe it was our boat.

Interesting to read though!

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hmm sar, rescue boat, but non declared facility/doesnt go out in the cold weather???? Sounds more like sponsored powerboating to me which is not a bad thing in itself for keeping kids off the street. Unfortunately this parent had to use his own money to give his kids a life and a sea going experience. Gave the daughter too much really as she is away in europe skippering 50ft jet drive catamarans and not helping the old man launch his boats and do the teaching. As for teenagers doing rescue work she was rnli crew at 17 and an ALB navigator at 18. And I mean proper rescue work inc at night in winter in some grim weather-not picking up broken down boats in the summer months as any passing, right minded boat owner would do anyway.
We run courses for a number of non rnli rescue boats (only one of which actually terms itself "lifeboat"), they are all declared facilities so will even go out when it becomes a little chilly!!!!!!! I have a deal of respect for these lads with declared facility status (often tucked away in remote areas not in the civilized solent) which they have worked hard to achieve with funds raised from local communities and by rattling the tin whilst packing the xmas shopping at supermarket checkouts etc for a penny or two here and there. So not all "private" lifeboats are playing at it and they do need your support.
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