Originally Posted by Rez
He's done a first rate job of bringing his boat back to life.
When he was drifing he was exhausted and perhaps not thinking as well as usual. 2nd, his engine
was down and he is not an engine
guy.....he is an "engine guy" now)
...... 3rd, the mainsail halyard
was up the mast
. Apparently there was not a spare halyard
up there for a bosuns chair or such. And it seems he could not physically climb the mast
. (if the damned stowable mast steps didn't rattle we'd all have them).
So what was he supossed to do?
His boat is disabled and he is exhausted.
Perhaps ask for help with the halyard and for the CG to hang around 10 hours while he slept.
From what everyone has said, the CG did not have that sort of option in mind.
But since that exact sort of help was on the way from a friend, and the CG knew it, I think they done him wrong with what they did do.
And think of it, climbing a mast is not a big thing, why didn't they get his main halyard down? They probably could have careened him a bit and done it on their deck
. The whole thing smacks of a lack of comitment about truly helping a seaman in need.
Thanks for the kind thoughts but the CG nor anyone else was about to approach that (or any other) vessel for any other reason than to remove the occupant. I don't blame them for that. There was a very good chance of the vessel being severally damaged and someone being injured or killed from any ship-to-ship contact. That is a very dangerous proceedure and NEVER
an option for "Assisting" another vessel.
The Northern Divinity's skipper
did drop 5g of 30wt diesel oil
, that he happend to have on board. He just dopped it in the water
about 150' from the yacht then passed by, dropping a floating line that Walter was able to retrieve.
Walter drained the engine oil/water mixture out of his engine, refilled it with fresh oil
and started the engine. He motored about 20 minutes and the engine filled with water
again (3rd time). He had no idea how or why it was happenning. Although probably 75% of the people on this forum would immediately identify that as a broken engine oil cooler. Most of us would merely figure out a way to by-pass it (it doesn't really need it anyway in most circumstances).
Anyway, the skipper
of the Northern Divinity turned his 900' ship around and picked Walter up after much coaxing from the USCG. I can't even imagine the financial sacrifice from the Northern Divinity and I really don't think that many ships would have even gotten involved. I would estimate that "rescue" cost that shipping
company $100K in fuel
Now, a year later, Walter is about 80% whole and has paid his dues. The only problem is, he is 5,000 miles away from his goal.
The upside is....many people have the oportunity to learn from his experience and realize how critical it is to know ALL of the systems on your vessel, especially your engine..All sailors should understand that conditions at sea ALWAYS change. There is no place in the world that weather
stays the same all of the time. If there is no wind
today, there will be sooner or later. Also, if the wind
is too strong, you should have a means to keep your vessel in place, head
to wind and seas (parachute sea anchor
, which Walter did have).
BTW.....it should be noted that he still had a working jib
and the USCG knew that. They also knew that he had a Parachute sea anchor
on-board. They chose to put the fear of God in him by telling him that he may never see wind or another vessel again.
What I learned from this is, never assume that the USCG is always working in your best interest. That's really sad....