Originally Posted by Simon Hawkins
Thankyou for that. This inceident certainly did not happen in the last 3 years since I have been on the boat. I find it hard to believe we would of put the boat up leap beach, breaking both legs. Being a rescue service you will appreciate that life will always be put before vessel. I cannot speak for this event, but if hypothermia had set in then the casualties would of been taken back to Cowes, then the vessel recovered later, or by requesting Solent Coastguard to task Calshot Lifeboat. Legs over the side of boat. You have seen our boat and cannot really understand why this would be.
In respect of us not releasing the tow to you, this would be because we would of been under direct instructions to Coastguard, and they would have to authorise us to release a tow.
I note what you say about one crew member entering the water to swim the baot out. This is absurd, have you ever tried doing this with a 9m boat weighing 3 tonnes.
I think that perhaps before you start casting accusations that you have the full story.
I was coxswain on the Venturers Rescue Rib at the time ,and having just
returned from the Med , had not seen your post. I can confirm Matt
version which was 3rd hand is only part accurate. The behavior of your
crew was not in the best interests of the causality . You reported one
was suffering from " after drowning and the other from Hypothermia.
That towing both the dinghy and the 2 persons from South Bramble to
Lepe Beach , with 2 Ambulances waiting . Would have taken a considerable
time , thus I was astounded when you refused my offer to take either
the causalities or the dinghy. Although reported as suffering from exposure
no proper first aid was being carried out , and one was sitting on your
tubes with his feet in the dinghy ,and being splashed by the sea , as
your side tow was on the windward side. I offered our thermal exposure
suite , and you said you had a para medic on board. That it was no longer
good practice to wrap a exposure case up.
To come back to your claim you did not pass over the dinghy , because
we were not working with the Coastguard. It was our initial report to
the Coastguard from the father of the boy , that they authorized us to
start a search. That it was only after I contacted the Coastguard of
my concerns over the time it would take for you to reach Lepe Beach
that you had a change of mind. You initially made a un seamanlike suggestion
we should attach our side tow while you still had your attached. This
When I got back to Lepe Beach , I found one of your crew in the
water trying to tow your Rib to deeper water . This could not have been
so long ago as it was the twin outboard , prior to your present Rib ,and
not a Avon as Matt thought. Your man in the water initially refused
my offer to tow it to deeper water , even though he was making no
progress against the tide. Although he eventually accept. I Offered to
to you back to Cowes ; which you refused , and called out Calshot
Lifeboat. So if you still state this never happened , check their records.
We have this in our log , and can supply date , time and signals.You must
also have bills for the repairs to the steering or bottom engines , due to
damage done when approaching Lepe Beach.
Your other statement that you would have taken a exposure case to
Cowes , does not stand up to the requests for Ambulance to Lepe , and
your arrival there.
I am sorry to put the true fact in writing and in the public domain , but
you did start it by knocking the Venturers , and open it up further by
asking for any incidents where you had gone wrong. So I will not mention
the time you drove across Gurnard Ledge , although repairs to your bottom
end must have been expensive. The time you used excessive initial
power on a wooden sail boat , and pulled the front sampson post out of
the deck, cannot quite remember if we took this one over.
The Venturers may have a number of teenagers ; but most have Level 2 ,
4 over 16 have Rescue Boat Coxswain Certificate. 3 including one 16 year
old are IYT Power/Ribmaster Instructors . We have citations from the
RNLI , RYA , Royal Humane Society Awards , We have been operational
since 1961 . We do suffer from jealousy , and often see posting such
as you rammed my boat while I was at anchor , but when asked for
date time ,repair bills or more information there is no reply , and when
investigated by our local MP Dr. Julian Lewis they disolved into smoke and
mirrors. Any doubts read some of the hundreds of letters on our URL ,
or published in Independent Life Boats.
So all you out there anxious to have a go at these teenagers who
instead of mugging old ladies , stealing cars , doing drugs or vandalising
property. Have shown given the training , opportunity and trust they
can provide a valuable " Additional Facility in the Solent " Which the
Coast Guard must trust or they would not accept our offers of assistance
Commodore Philip Pearce-Smith MBE VSC