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Old 31 October 2012, 11:20   #1
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Services Subaqua club rib trashed at Porthkerris?

Anyone hear of an incident last month (September) where a Services Sub Aqua club rib was trashed in an easterly gale at Porthkerris beach, Cornwall?
Apparently it was left out on an offshore mooring, against the advice of the local dive centre, while the team went "ashore" ( as I believe the Navy refer to it) and imbibed of much falling down water.
The following Sunday morning the weather had got up considerably as forecast, the rib was doing back-flips on the mooring and a brave (stupid?) member of the team decided to swim out towing a rope in order to rescue the craft.
Sadly it was a sinky rope, he got half way out and the line snagged on the seabed and began to pull the "swimmer-of-the-watch" under, in the end his chums called the Coastguard and both Falmouth Lifeboats attended.

The Rib, a considerable craft by all accounts and no doubt provided at taxpayers expense, was a total constructive loss.

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Old 31 October 2012, 15:14   #2
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I stay at Porthkerris a couple times of year and dive off the beach and out on the Manacles. It is a lovely site and very sheltered great for taking students for their first UK coast dive. I have seen a number of BSAC clubs moor their RIBs just in front of the MOD building, the exposed reef is very close to the mooring and that part of the water is exposed from the East. The guys there are really good and loads of local knowledge. More fool them for not taking the local advise
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