Talking about this incident over dinner last night. One of those at the table had been in over WBB at night, in settled conditions, and when the waypoints were correct. I had said I would not attempt it at night, because friends have come to grief there.
For the people out there who are not familiar with it, the Tin Can Bay Coast Guard, which is, as described above, a volunteer service
, supported by donations, are able in daylight hours to give the mariner, upon request, waypoints, that they can follow, to lead them in safely.
However, the bar (the deposition of sand outside the river mouth) is shifty. It changes every year. And the Ministry of Transport who are tasked with surveying it after events
, like the surges expected due to ex T.C. Winston, only have funding
to do it once a year. So it is an imperfect situation, and its changeability is just part of nature! Pretty soon, one of the fishing
boats will go out, and radio
back to the TCBCG what the waypoints were where he turned, and then, without giving the fisherman's waypoints, will give you instructions like "using last years Waypoints, on the northbound leg, you need to continue about 100 meters north before heading for the next waypoint." You can easily understand why some people prefer to enter near the morning high water
, with the sun at your back.
There's a lot about this event we'll never know, but the men
are safe, and with luck, the cat will be reparable.