Sometimes I think the CG is too attached to scripts and procedures to use their brains. Maybe the volunteer staff are just covering their butts?
I overheard this conversation last month. The fisherman was NOT following procedure, but the CG didn't help AT ALL, just followed a script. The only player that appeared to have a brain was the Port of Olympia.
Calling Port of Olympia. Calling Port of Olympia.
Port of Olympia here, over.
Port of Olympia, I am a fisherman taking on water
, headed to Swantown Marina (the port's marina and shipyard)
and need an emergency
haul-out in about an hour.
Acknoweldged, we will staff the haul-out and be ready in an hour (it was a sunday)
VESSEL TAKING ON WATER
THIS IS COAST GAURD SECTOR PUGET SOUND
, WHAT IS YOUR POSITION, OVER
I am 1/4 mile S/E of Hope Island, heading to Swantown marina
VESSEL TAKING ON WATER THIS IS SECTOR PUGET SOUND
, MAINTAIN YOUR POSITION WE ARE SENDING ASSISTANCE
I don't need assistance, my pumps are running and I will make it to Swantown with no problems, just need a haulout when I arrive. No assistance is required.
FISHING VESSEL TAKING ON WATER, SECTOR PUGET SOUND, WHAT IS YOUR POSITION OVER
I'm 1/4 SE of Hope Island
FISHING VESSEL TAKING ON WATER, SECTOR PUGET SOUND, WHAT IS YOUR GPS
aboard, I'm OK and do not need assistance, heading to Swantown for haul-out
FISHING VESSEL TAKING ON WATER MAINTAIN YOUR POSITION, WE ARE SENDING ASSISTANCE
It went back and forth like this for half an hour. The CG were receiving him fine and wouldn't listen to his words, only follow a procedure.