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Old 27 July 2021, 03:00   #1
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SIB Capsize - 10 hours in the water

https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0727/12...-water-rescue/

This guys buoyancy jacket saved him. He wasn't miles out to sea. He was recovered at dusk when the CG heard him shouting for help.

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Shore cover - have someone know where you are and when you will return and what to do if you don't.
Comms - take a VHF and/or a PLB - wear them.
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Old 27 July 2021, 04:48   #2
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In the linked article they described him as being in (well out of actually) "a back garden toy"... so hope it wasn't really a SIB.
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Lucky chap. If it was one of the play boats then he would be unusual in wearing a life jacket. The two items don't immediately correlate.

The saddest part is the final para detailing that 9 people have drowned in Ireland in the last few weeks. I saw on the news that a similar number had lost their lives in Scotland over the similar period. I hope it is not a harbinger of the season to come and another post lockdown grim statistic.
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In the linked article they described him as being in (well out of actually) "a back garden toy"... so hope it wasn't really a SIB.
Many, MANY years ago I was training to be a surf instructor, a requirement for which is to be a qualified beach lifeguard with X amount of hours on the job. I spent a summer lifeguarding across Sennen, Porthcurno and Gwenver beaches in Cornwall.

The £10 inflatable toy boats sold at every gift shop and cafe were the bane of my existence.

Anything more than a minimal offshore wind and you can guarantee the 20 stone dad that smokes 30 a day and his 3 obese crotch goblins in a 2m toy inflatable didn't have enough cardiovascular fitness between them to get back to shore having got out past the breakers.

The worst was when you had the 'no inflatables' sign up all day, but come 17:05 and the lifeguards clock off, they decide it's fine and go for a paddle anyway having waited for us to bugger off. We were still nearby or at the hut (or pub) and had a moral duty to do what we could when we saw them get in trouble.

Many a nice after-work beer was ruined that summer. Absolute bastards, the lot of them.
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Willk, did you also see the linked article in the press piece about the man who tried to "run" from Florida to NY ?
Had he not heard about wind, tides and, er, steering?
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Willk, did you also see the linked article in the press piece about the man who tried to "run" from Florida to NY ?
It brought a certain air of refreshing entertainment to my otherwise dull morning.
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Many, MANY years ago I was training to be a surf instructor, a requirement for which is to be a qualified beach lifeguard with X amount of hours on the job. I spent a summer lifeguarding across Sennen, Porthcurno and Gwenver beaches in Cornwall.

The £10 inflatable toy boats sold at every gift shop and cafe were the bane of my existence.

Anything more than a minimal offshore wind and you can guarantee the 20 stone dad that smokes 30 a day and his 3 obese crotch goblins in a 2m toy inflatable didn't have enough cardiovascular fitness between them to get back to shore having got out past the breakers.

The worst was when you had the 'no inflatables' sign up all day, but come 17:05 and the lifeguards clock off, they decide it's fine and go for a paddle anyway having waited for us to bugger off. We were still nearby or at the hut (or pub) and had a moral duty to do what we could when we saw them get in trouble.

Many a nice after-work beer was ruined that summer. Absolute bastards, the lot of them.


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made i larf too
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The guy in the rescue certainly cant be soft.

I have been swimming almost every day for the past three weeks and only wear trunks and a mask/snorkel. I know just how cold I am becoming after half an hour or so.

10 hours and without doubt, I would be a goner .. so he is made of better blubber than I am
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In the linked article they described him as being in (well out of actually) "a back garden toy"... so hope it wasn't really a SIB.
Oh I'm sorry, did I misjudge the cutoff point where "SIB" becomes "Garden Toy"?

My bad!

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Yep you wouldn't want us sub 4m guys to feel inadequate....
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