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Old 19-05-2006, 09:24   #1
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Tragedy in the Volvo Ocean Race

A shame ... I am amazed that they were able to even recover his body after that length of time and in those sea conditions....

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/SPORT/05/18/...eut/index.html

a better link here:
http://www.volvooceanrace.org/news/a...ate/index.aspx

and a nice tribute to Hans:
http://www.volvooceanrace.org/news/a...te2/index.aspx
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Old 19-05-2006, 23:39   #2
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What about the jack line/ safty harness, did it break or was it being used?
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Old 20-05-2006, 22:03   #3
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No, sadly he was not wearing a harness nor even a lifejacket. I know these guys are supposedly the best, but I just can't quite fathom why you wouldn't be wearing either when in 30kts and 5m sea's.
He did have a strobe light which made finding him reasonably straight forward. As soon as he went over, they hit the MOB ont he GPS and threw over the danbouy and beacon. They turned as quickly as possible and had to beat back up wind. It took 40mins to retrieve the guy. Even in freezing water, if he was wearing the gear they would normally have on deck and was wearing a lifejacket, I ould expect him to survive. Without a lifejacket, it would be hard work.
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He brought his own death unto himself. For not wearing the required safety gear during that race, IMHO.
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Old 22-05-2006, 12:01   #5
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He brought his own death unto himself. For not wearing the required safety gear during that race, IMHO.

Premature to be making judgements. Nothing I've read has definitively stated that he wasn't wearing a harness, cause of death not yet determined, no investigation yet, etc. etc.

I suggest we mourn the loss of a fellow sailor and perhaps go to this link to actually help out his family. http://www.sailinganarchy.com/donations/hhmf.php

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Old 22-05-2006, 13:13   #6
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Curtis, the skipper had confirmed he was not wearing a harness.
But yes I agree, we shouldn't imediatly jump to conclusions. We don't know why he was on deck, why he wasn't wearing safety gear, why why why... It's always easy to jump to a conclusion. We have to remember that these guys are THE BEST and they have literaly grown up wearing safety gear. Most of the time when they DON'T wear safety, they feel as if they are "naked". Plus the rules are so tight on those boats, I doubt a skipper would ever knowingly allow any of his crew above deck without safety gear. In fact, most crew know these boats are on such fine lines with safety, few ever take off the inflatables even below and asleep.
So yes, I believe there must be more to this story than we know so far.

Brings me to a question though. Has anyone ever been towed behind a fast moving boat with a safety line on?? I have in fun in calm water. And it damn near drowns you. I dunno which is the worse. Being dragged along trying to get air, or free hoping the boat is going to return and find you.
I certainly see a huge benifit in using those jackets with the clear spray hood that pull's right over your face and protects you from the waves.
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Curtis, the skipper had confirmed he was not wearing a harness.
Wheels, I'm certainly not doubting you, but can you point me to a link or a reference for that confirmation?

I've looked around and can't find any official mention. Several folks have mentioned that TV news accounts reported the same thing but I haven't been able to confirm.

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Has anyone ever been towed behind a fast moving boat with a safety line on??
I've done it at 3 or 4 knots and damned near drowned....can't imagine it at 20+ knots and huge seas!

Let's keep Hans and his family in our prayers.

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Well Curtis.

I sounded premature. And you're right.

But IMHO. He probably brought his own death upon his self. For not wearing his safety gear. I personelly have seen men going overboard and almost lost their lives for not wearing safety gear.

Life at sea isn't all peaches and cream. The tallest waves I have ever seen at sea were about 70 feet tall. And one night during a hurricane. I just missed a 100 foot tall rogue wave. I heard that wave crash upon the hull. It was loud!! That wave, washed 3 men off from a aircraft carrier deck edge elevator loaded full of bombs and missiles.

One of them wasn't wearing a life vest. And he's now a dead sailor. If he'd worn that vest he'd be alive today?

Yes, we should morn the loss of another sailor!!
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It was via the ship to shore Video broadcast of the skipper to there head guy in their support centre. That part was then broadcast viat the new's networks. I wonder if there is any news networks on line that have that clip?
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But IMHO. He probably brought his own death upon his self. For not wearing his safety gear.


I composed about three replies to this last night, then chose to sleep on it. Here is the calmer, reflective response.

I believe that statements such as CaptainK's are completely inappropriate for a couple of reasons:
  1. We don't know the facts. As previously stated, we don't know exactly what happened or the circumstances of the accident. The absence of facts just makes for armchair speculation. Personal experiences really have no bearing unless they were aboard ABN2 at the time of the accident;
  2. It is simply rude. When we post on a public board, we don't know who will read it or when. Would you make your statement to a grieving family member? Would you want to explain it to one of Han's children in a few years if they choose to do an internet search?
I don't have a problem with asking tough questions, searching for facts, looking for reasons, and learning from mistakes. I do have a problem with reaching uninformed conclusions that are damaging and hurtful.

The best thing we can do right now is offer the family and friends all of our support and prayers.

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