Originally Posted by mikereed100
Reminiscent of a similar situation involving a Westsail 32 as described in "The Perfect Storm" by Junger. If I recall
correctly, in that case the skipper
was ordered off the boat by the Coast Guard. Looking at it from the coasties point of view, I imagine once they have been called to the scene at sea they don't want to leave empty handed if there is a chance they will get called back again, which is very understandable. I suppose the moral is, think hard before you call for help.
My point exactly.
Here is a copy of an email
that I got from Walter's wife, the day before he abandoned ship:
---------------Thu 12/01/05 8:08 AM----------------
Walter is fine though I'm sure he's exhausted. Last night about 8 pm I got
a ship-to-shore phone
call from a german commercial
vessel. The captain
told me that he had assisted Walter who was having engine
problems off the
coast of Costa Rica
. So Walter was unable to go straight to Panama
planned. I was told he is going into Banana Boat Marina for repairs
assured me that Walter is fine. But I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR PRAYERS
THAT HE GET THE ASSISTANCE HE NEEDS AND REST. This marina has somewhat of a
reputation for gouging boaters...so let's pray we do not get skinned alive!
I'LL LET YOU KNOW AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM WALTER!
This was the next email
that I recieved as I was leaving for the airport
to fly to Costa Rica
----------------Fri, 02 Dec 2005 03:52:15 -----------------
called me Thurs at 11pm (ohio time) from aboard the comercial vessel called Northern Divinity. After being adrift for 3 days about 100 miles off Costa Rica, having engine
problems and having he mainsail
inoperative, he was able to raise a comercial vessel called Liwia on the VHF radio
. The captain of that ship gave him oil
and called me on his sat phone(wed 8 pm), saying that Walter was fine but having engine problems and was headed into Banana Bay Marina for repairs
. Thurs 7 pm the USCG caled me saying that a ship named Northern Divinity picked up a call for help from Chatondefoi. They offered to pick him up. USCG urged him four times to abandon ship--he declined.
Thurs 10:45 pm 2nd call from USCG telling me Waltre was safely aboard the Northern Divinity and en route
their next port of call, scheduled Dec 17th. Thurs 11 pm Walter called from the commercal vessel's phone
devastated and sobbing apologies. We lost
our home and everything in it.
Which bringsinto sharp focus the reality that everything in this life is
I had the actual note that was passed to the skipper of the Divinity but I can't find it. All Walter was asking for was for someone to come out and tow him in. Little did he know, I was on my way down there to arrange just that.......what a tragedy that was.