Same as before initially. Throw everything (that floats) in the cockpit
into the water. Take a hand compass
bearing on his position, write it down.
Maybe something will get near enough to him to grab hold of and at least the location is marked, if I get under way I'll know when I'm in the right area.
'From last exercise'
switch on the GPS
and do MOB
Hold on the EPIRB
, it's too slow, I should be able to save him, it's about the only chance he's got.
if he's downwind, with a droque of some sort and the longest rope
in the cockpit
locker. His best chance of saving himself. (I might need it tomorrow but he needs it now.)
50 ft is so close but he's drifting away even tho he's still swimming. What else. Boats OK for a few minutes at least, water below but not serious, check again, looks to be less than a foot. Mast
is bumping the hull
occasionally but is also downwind.
Got to get the boat to him. Start the engine
and hope the prop doesn't tangle, if I reverse most of the debris will stay clear.
Where is he? Can't see him, hand compass
. Bloody hell he's a fair way off now, just in sight over waves. We're moving at a couple of knots but the rudders taking a hammering but the mast is now trailing ahead of us so no more impacts. Hand compass on his position, not changed much, write it down, and the GPS
position and press the MOB
What else. He's waving, I wave back, not knowing if it's a goodbye.
took off in the wind
, snapped the weak link. Gone. But there's still all the rigging
, just had to get close enough with anything for him to reach.
Once he'd got hold it was doing things carefully. In the lee of the boat he'd recovered enough to look for damage and assess the rig and mast. I wanted to wait 'till the storm settles a bit but he wanted back on board. With another rope
he jury rigged a bosuns chair to wrap around him and I hauled him in on a winch.
Five minutes later he's back on board, fit, relieved, cold. Chocolate and brandy for cold and shock. I'll let him have some too.
The only damage he's got is from getting back on board.
We're still in slow astern, means hand steering
but it feels like we've got some control over how we present to the wind and waves. That mast is going to be a hell of a job but it'll wait half an hour now it's streaming out behind us. Lifelines
on. Cockpit secure, Cabin
next, what a mess. A tot of brandy for Neptune, lousy sense of humour. He's got some bruises though, but all four limbs still work.