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Old 29 September 2015, 01:44   #11
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I wouldn't risk my boat or family unless it seemed life threatening. Think I would have done the same thing and had a chat with the coastguard while standing off, until I knew the situation from cg.

Sadly it's probable we should all agree the terms of assistance before rescuing anyone. I once rescued two jet skiers, unable to get back on their bike. Had I damaged their equipment or them mine it would have been a very awkward situation
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Old 29 September 2015, 02:19   #12
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I would have probably done similar to you as in approach to yelling distance if possible and then backed out when I realised it was so shallow, I would have called the coastguard to make them aware and if it was possible to get some info from him as in are you sinking or just aground and passed that on. Number one rule always makesure you are safe otherwise there may be two incidents rather than one to sort out.

I managed to damage my own rib once trying to help someone, since then I am more careful of giving assistance based on weather and issues of location and depth etc.

Im sure a call to coastguard is the right thing so at least they know there is an issue and may need to send someone, they could work out tide flow and wind factors on the yacht and location and work out if a real danger exists or the person could just sit and ride it out, weather woudl also be a factor in their thinking and type of yacht and if kids on board and how cold etc in terms of hyperthermia etc.

Human nature is we try and help, just think of number one first and let coastguard know.
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Old 29 September 2015, 03:03   #13
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Buckribster you can moor on outer waiting pontoon and walk ashore,call Port Solent on CH80 and speak to Lock Master to get instructions. Lots of news restaurants to try.


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Old 29 September 2015, 03:41   #14
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Given he was only going to suffer little more than a bit of a wait till high tide, I would have attempted to contact him by radio, but not tried to tow him anywhere.

Failing that I would have alerted the Coastguard, but that's probably all.

Seems odd he wasn't already on the radio, so perhaps he didn't have one, or it wasn't working.

Perhaps we should check out the Yacht forums for a thread about RIB's being unhelpful
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Old 29 September 2015, 04:42   #15
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Call to the Coastguard and standoff waiting their advice.
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Told him to drop his anchor and take him a cup of tea
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Seems odd he wasn't already on the radio, so perhaps he didn't have one, or it wasn't working.
Hopefully it wasn't water in his electrics after being holed below the waterline or grounding screwing up his shaft alignment and letting water in. Nor was he left aboard without a proper briefing by a Mob or unconscious skipper.

It's much more likely that he didn't use the radio to either reduce embarrassment or avoid wasting precious resources on a minor slip up, but I'll be controversial by suggesting that the OP was wrong to take the advice of the nearby coach and leave the scene without summoning help. Obviously putting yourself in danger would be stupid, and being in an unfamiliar boat in unfamiliar waters means you may not be as helpful as others. Assuming the two stories above are linked then it seems nothing too bad happened this time.
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Sadly it's probable we should all agree the terms of assistance before rescuing anyone. I once rescued two jet skiers, unable to get back on their bike. Had I damaged their equipment or them mine it would have been a very awkward situation
Would it? I'm sure that maritime law and it's insurers will have well understood ways of sorting our such issues. Many years ago a training centre rib (which was just in the area and nothing to do with me) took a chunk out a sailing dinghy I owned whilst hurriedly towing it out of the way of a passing ship (my rudder had snapped off). It never even crossed my mind to claim the cost. a professional recovery drive once damaged my tow hitch when doing me a favour - again I never even complained. I'm sure some people would, but life is full of idiots.
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I've been watching this one with interest until a few replies came in. I think it's a location call. I'd imagine the Solent had a few boats on the water as usual None of them was interested and even a training boat adopted an "eff 'em" attitude. I guess there are many incidents like this every day! It wouldn't happen here as a stranded vessel would be too interesting to abandon!

Personally I would have tried my level best to establish good comms with the skipper while trying to hold my own vessel in a safe position. I wouldn't risk a prop or worse for an aground yacht - but I'd take a calculated risk if persons were in a worsening situation. Once that was done I'd call the CG and follow their instructions - e.g. standby until the official assist arrives.
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None of them was interested and even a training boat adopted an "eff 'em" attitude. I guess there are many incidents like this every day! It wouldn't happen here as a stranded vessel would be too interesting to abandon! stripped for scrap before the skipper made it ashore!
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