Montreal sailor recounts U.S. navy rescue at sea off Bahamas - Montreal - CBC News
Montreal sailor recounts U.S. navy rescue
at sea off Bahamas
Éric Valois overcomes pirates from Haiti
, punctured hull
and gale-force winds, rescued just as sailboat sinks
CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2016 8:06 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 08, 2016 1:17 PM ET
Some seriously lame 'mariners' out and about in those waters!
For five days, without a sail nor a working engine
, the sailor fought to keep the pumps working and his boat afloat, but fatigue eventually set in.
By then adrift in high seas, Valois sent out a number of distress
calls and prepared to abandon his sinking sailboat for a life raft.
"I don't think my chances of survival were very good if I had abandoned the sailboat," he said.
A number of boats in the area ignored his distress call — despite maritime laws that oblige them to help, Valois said.
NOT THE 'HIGH SEAS' I RECALL
SAILING ON! Folks may have to re-think their'rescue plans' to being 'self rescue
Poster in comments> mercyisland
It's a bit misunderstood that this rescue was carried out by US Merchant Mariners
who are contracted to do work for the US Navy
, but are civilians. They are overlooked
all too often for the work they do worldwide. In recognition of the need for full disclosure,
my husband is the captain
of the USNS Pathfinder. He and the crew considered the Christmas
Eve mission a lasting miracle that gave meaning to a Christmas
at Sea, out of contact and far away from their families. It was a blessing all the way around.
This explains the non anwsered Distress Call> Deck
The boats probably ignored his distress calls because that is a tactic used by pirates. They send out a false distress call and then attack to would be rescuers. Somali pirates did the same thing in the Indian ocean
as a result ships tended to ignore any distress calls or reported them to the military to handle.