Reply from BASRA;
The rest of the story.....
[QUOTE]Dear Mr. Xxxxx,
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have read all the posts and many are not even worthy of comment. I think many persons are confusing Mr. Nick Wardle and SEARCH with BASRA. BASRA does not send out literature soliciting donations but only once a year sends out membership
renewal notices so that persons can update contact and vessel information.
From our experience, persons who bad mouth BASRA have expected free non distress
tows and been declined.
As for the issue at hand….
BASRA’s role in this is nonexistent.
We sell shirts to anybody and whilst we are familiar with Capt. Ian Gilbert and ABC Yacht Services BASRA is a Volunteer Lifesaving Organization and not a commercial
Capt. Gilbert is a member
of BASRA, a Volunteer Captain
and also a Director. He runs ABC Yacht services which provides commercial
towing , salvage
and vessel maintenance
. We see no conflict of interest as BASRA, like the USCG, got out of non distress
towing. It would be unfortunate if Capt. Gilbert represented himself in any way as BASRA (other than just wearing a shirt) and this will be investigated further and dealt with if necessary.
The whole Harbour was abuzz when this happened and it is my understanding that the US Towboat cleared with Harbour Control but had no intention of clearing Customs and Immigration, ‘collecting a boat and returning to the US”, until pressed by Harbour Control. In the past, when there was no Commercial Towing service
available locally, BASRA has assisted various US towing companies by pulling boats out to the “Pilots Station” approximately 3 miles out of the western harbor entrance. Sea Tow recently sent us a cheque for $800 for assisting with the Sea Ray
that was stolen in Abaco
by the Barefoot Bandit but ended up in Nassau
Hbr. This equates to, $133.00 per mile R/T!!! We always recommend staying at least 3 miles out so as to not upset anybody locally. All the crew on board the US Tow Boat would have needed work permits that need to be applied for, PRIOR to coming to the Bahamas
. As for the US Embassy, someone said it correctly that they would “get you a lawyer” when you get locked up for working illegally. It is unfortunate that Three Sheets did not contact BASRA, as we are here to help Cruisers and are a wealth of knowledge, if I do say so myself!
BASRA is aware that over the years (I have been running BASRA for 20 years) tow boats have come into the Bahamas and taken jobs and for the most part a blind eye was turned because if there was no one locally, insured and capable, then it needed to be done. Customs and Immigration are becoming more aware of the number of “cruisers” and “sports fishermen” that are operating charters and such without permits and everybody is on their toes, so to speak.
I hope this helps and we really appreciate your bringing it to our attention.
Operations Manager, BASRA
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2013 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: BASRA discussion on Cruisers Forum.
Sent on the 29th, resenting today.
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On Mar 29, 2013, at 9:25, Xxx. Xcccc<sxxxx @icloud.com> wrote:
I am a Sailor who has enjoyed cruising in the Bahamas for many years. I appreciate BASRA, and have made donations in the past.
Sadly, it seems a man tried to charge a large sum for a tow of a vessel in Nassau
recently. He apparently represented himself as being affiliated with BASRA. There has been a lengthy discussion of the incident on a discussion forum used by over 10,000 Sailors from around the world.
I hate to see BASRA falsely implicated in this, and wonder if someone representing BASRA might be able to share a comment to clarify the organization's role in this.
The thread is here; Extortion in Nassau
You will need to register to post, but if you would prefer just reply to this email
and I will gladly share it in the thread.
Thank you, and thank you for your service
to us all.
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