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Old 18-12-2012, 01:36   #1
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Dinghy Accident in UK

Article unfortunately does not say what type of dinghy, which I suspect might mean something different in England but I am posting this as it happened in the vicinity of the yacht club. Man dies after dinghy capsizes - News - Northamptonshire Telegraph

Two older men, sadly one injured and one dead.
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Old 18-12-2012, 04:23   #2
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Re: Dinghy accident in UK

Cold, cold water, in those parts, especially this time of year. Very unforgiving situation if you fall in.

It's incredibly easy to fall in the water as you get in and out of a dinghy. The good news is that it is much easier to get back into an inflatable dinghy from the water, than to get back on the mother ship.

This dinghy, apparently, was not an inflatable one. The article talks about attempting to board a moored boat. They must have been using a hard rowing dinghy, which is much less stable than an inflatable. I use a hard rowing dinghy myself to get to and from my mooring, not the main dinghy. Gives me pause for thought.
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Re: Dinghy accident in UK

At these Lats, it is a death sentence to fall in at this time of year. Even young persons don't last more than a few minutes. Someone >70 is a goner almost at once.

The water temp alongside my boat is 2 degrees C = 35 F


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Dunno, nut its much easier to get aboard my yacht from the water than the dinghy, how many of you have actually tried to get into your dinghy from the water, especially ones with larger diameter tubes, it is not easy!!
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Dunno, nut its much easier to get aboard my yacht from the water than the dinghy, how many of you have actually tried to get into your dinghy from the water, especially ones with larger diameter tubes, it is not easy!!
I did it with my walker bay (with tube kit) . Not too bad, I can do it regularly. But the ship's boarding ladder that goes 3' into the water is much better.
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. The good news is that it is much easier to get back into an inflatable dinghy from the water, than to get back on the mother ship.

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Not on my sailboat. I have a swim platform with a ladder than can be folded down from the water, and handholds to help you get up.
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Re: Dinghy accident in UK

A dinghy in the UK is usually a small sailboat,not a RIB
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A dinghy in the UK is usually a small sailboat,not a RIB
A dinghy in the UK is any small boat it's a fairly generic term. Often the " dinghy " is the small boat acting as a tender

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Dunno, nut its much easier to get aboard my yacht from the water than the dinghy, how many of you have actually tried to get into your dinghy from the water, especially ones with larger diameter tubes, it is not easy!!
I have no issues but I may be overfit. I have seen others mostly struggle. Just think there are people who cannot get out of a swimming pool other than via the ladder!

Then again, it is another story if you are in many layers and they soak up.

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Re: Dinghy accident in UK

I've just seen this post and tried the link, which no longer works. probably too old now. I see its the Northamptonshire Telegraph. We live in Northamptonshire ... its landlocked, so must have been on inland water somewhere near us. The water would still have been freezing at that time of year and unless they were capable of getting into the dinghy fairly sharpish, they would have stood very little chance at their age. Even a much younger, fitter person would be in dire straits after only a few minutes in the water.
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I have no issues but I may be overfit. I have seen others mostly struggle. Just think there are people who cannot get out of a swimming pool other than via the ladder!

Then again, it is another story if you are in many layers and they soak up.

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If you can do twenty pull ups, you can pretty much board any sailboat from any point. But, at 55, I can't do twenty any more, as much as I wish I could.
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Man dies after dinghy capsizes | Pbo appears to be the same incident - date and details match what's left in the google cache. Looks like the survivor was fished out a few minutes quicker, which probably made all the difference.
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If you can do twenty pull ups, you can pretty much board any sailboat from any point. But, at 55, I can't do twenty any more, as much as I wish I could.
Its a mind set,at 62 Istill pull myself up my mast.
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Re: Dinghy Accident in UK

in the last 2 weeks their have been 15 deaths from drowning,mostly young FIT people swimming in quarries and rivers.

this is mainly due to a summer heatwave,with air temps in the 90's unfortunately water temps are still very low,so most died due to hypothermia in the water that led to an inability to get out as the cold sapps strenth very quickly.
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Its a mind set,at 62 Istill pull myself up my mast.
That, and being a little banged up. Pull ups started being a little harder after the second time I broke the same elbow joint and tore the ligaments loose from the wrist on the same arm. Hazards of a hazardous occupation.
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