Dear cruising community
I want to make a statement with my first post on the cruisersforum due to this terrible event.
I am a friend of the owners and crew of the burned Jongert Uisge Beatha in Prickly Bay. We had a wonderful dinner with them on board on Thursday evening and left at 9.30 p.m. to our own boat moored also here in Prickly Bay. Everything was fine and we had a great evening, as always on board this very hostfriedly boat.
At about 4.oo h am on Friday we have been woke up by a shouting, and it was Scott, the engineer
of Uisge Beatha, who jelled for help because they are on fire. He was dressed in his underpants with nothing else, asking me to take a VHF
and we caught one of my fire extinguishers and speeded back to the Usige Beatha. The skipper
was on the foredeck and fighting the smoke with a deck
hose trough a hole in the bursted saloon
window on the starboard side, I out my fire extiguisher powder 7 lb inside, but did not change anything. I set a PAN PAN call on Channel 16 and 72 out several times without any response. Scott was sent back to my boat to grab a bigger extinguisher 12 lb which we also poored insed the cracked window with the same result. When he was sent by the skipper
to the Marina to call for help, he found a nightguard which woke up someone (Daren) who cam with his RIB
maybe 10 min later, he had a cellphone and tried to call the Coastguard several times, no reply. Then he went with his fast RIB
over to the Coastguard Station aclosed to the Big Fish
Restaurant and woke them up, they told him to call the police. But they got a Patrol Boat ready and came in another 10 (about) minutes out, we guided them with the torch and VHF
. They came to report that their firepump is not working, so we asked them to get some firefighters, hey went off and came back in another 10 to 15 minutes with two firefighters, they had oxygen masks with them, but no extinguishers, torches or any other equipment
. And they said clearly that they had never been in a burning boat and their will to go in was closed to cero, they did not do it. The smoke increased, Prickly Bay Rescue
had delivered another few extinguisher which had been put into the cracked saloon
window above the nav station and the switchboard area, then the window cracked more due to heat and open flames came out, we had some gusts which blow the fire, and this was the moment to abandon the ship. We all left the boat into the dinghies and just could look how she burned down to nothing in the following hours, we had tears in our eyes, she was such a beautiful boat.
I took the skipper and engineer
first to my boat to give them a shirt and a breakfast, thankfully they woke up and survifed this tremendous fire.
Now, after a few days and nervs recovered, I want to come to a point for us, the cruising community:
Why is here in Grenada
no autorithy available for a MayDay Call on Ch 16?
>Why does the Coastguard not have a safety
plan and working equipment
? and so on, a lot of questions.
We are hundreds of cruising boats here in the south of wonderful Grenada
, but we can not call for help in an emergency
. We bring a few million dollars into the country each year, but they leave us alone with troubles.
I do not want to complain, but we should use this horrible event to make a request and a petition to the Autorithies of Grenada to improve the situation.
I look foreward to get your help and solidarity