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Old 22-03-2011, 10:08   #1
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Man and Dog Rescued off Baja

The mayday call was picked up by one of the net control operators on 14300, Maritime Mobile Service Network, yesterday afternoon. There are a few news stories out there, but here's a link to the USCG video of the rescue.

Video: Coast Guard rescues man, dog from boat - SignOnSanDiego.com

Please don't bash the guy, he's 77 and seems to have gotten overwhelmed due to the conditions. Just glad he and his dog are okay.
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

More video and stills directly from USCG: Imagery Release: Coast Guard rescues man, dog from disabled sailboat
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

looks like he got blown out in th e big storm that stretched from avalon to mag bay the last coupla days--same storm we fought here and in sta babs..... poor old guy-- was a lot of wind an water in htat frontal system. musta been a helluva ride just afore his jib blew.......
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Anybody know what happened to his boat?
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

Left adrift. There was a container ship standing by, but they left once the coast guard got there and took over. They were headed to Panama and about an hour away once they were notified of the situation. The guy had been calling mayday for at least a few hours before any help arrived, and it took a little longer for the Coast Guard to get there.

The captain of the container ship was in VHF communication and said that they guy didn't want to leave his boat, but under the circumstances, the USCG wasn't willing to leave him there. Hopefully he'll get the boat back. Don't think he had an EPIRB.
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Hopefully someone gets a line on her before she washes ashore. As an afterthought he probably should of sent a Pan,Pan if he didn't want to leave his boat, but in a panic situation he may have overreacted.
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Hopefully someone gets a line on her before she washes ashore. As an afterthought he probably should of sent a Pan,Pan if he didn't want to leave his boat, but in a panic situation he may have overreacted.
Maybe the Pan,Pan received no response.

S*** Happens, I'm glad he's safe.
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

If he had had to hand-steer for 24 hours, he may have lost some of his judgement. When I was with a crew of four delivering well offshore in the Atlantic in similar conditions, and we lost both our wind vane AND the autopilot, I know I was half-done in after a mere three hours of hand-steering down wave fronts in a bigger boat.

I suspect someone misjudged a weather window if this storm was well-forecast.

The seas looked still pretty rough...the arc of the mast was a tip-off. Kudos to the pilot and CG crew.
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

I could nickle and dime that situation like any arm chair admiral, but who knows what state he was in and like someone else said, exhaustion (especially if combined or caused by hand steering in a blow) can wreck your mental state of affairs.

I mean really, who isn't a great sailor sitting behind a laptop commenting on what others are doing?
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

this storm was moving a lot faster than expected and faster than forecast originally. he obviously didnt have access to internets to recheck all the time his weather, so he was prolly relying on what info he got afore his departure, as i will be doing when i leave here in just short time. access to internets is sparse.
looks like he kept stuff simple in his retirement. as should be. he musta thunk he had the time tween storms to hit the destination he had planned-- this happens all the time out in our water-- arent any lil shelters to run into from out there. no barrier islands, no wetlands here..just rocks and sea. and weather.
this storm made snow on mountains in baja.
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

SOP is to abandon and let drift small craft in the open ocean. That's what we did after rescuing three sailboaters in the mid-Pacific.
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

In this particular case, I think mayday was appropriate. I hope he gets the boat back, but also hope he won't go out again. I'm pretty sure he lost his last boat 7-8 months ago: Pat and Jerry: Gloria Jean in the headlines

It's a pretty sad story all around.
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In this particular case, I think mayday was appropriate. I hope he gets the boat back, but also hope he won't go out again. I'm pretty sure he lost his last boat 7-8 months ago: Pat and Jerry: Gloria Jean in the headlines

It's a pretty sad story all around.
i hope that old sailor doctor gets another boat and sails to where he wanted o go.
if left to sea, the one he was on is now a salvage special. atleast he isnt behind a puter wasting time. as we all are.
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Re: Man and dog rescued off Baja

Shorten sail and heave to if you have enough sea room till conditions improve.
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Shorten sail and heave to if you have enough sea room till conditions improve.
until your sail blow out and the seas overpower your fin keel and spade rudder boat. they dont heave to well at all in pacific ocean storm conditions.
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