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Old 28-05-2014, 07:52   #1
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An amusing rescue for a change.

"A trimaran swamped with water was rescued on Sunday morning after the RNLI received a mayday call from the skipper.

The sailor got into difficulty five miles south east of Berwick Upon Tweed but was unsure of his location after losing his navigation system in thick fog and a heavy two-metre swell.

He managed to let off some flares but in doing so set fire to his lifejacket and was forced to throw it overboard.

Humber Coastguard watch manager Graham Dawson, said: "The skipper of the yacht ‘Trina' had lost his navigation system and let off a number of emergency flares to help us locate him. Unfortunately in doing so he had set fire to his lifejacket, which resulted in him having to remove it."

Read more at Water-swamped yacht rescued after skipper sets lifejacket on fire | ybw

Somehow I can't help but, feel this guy deserved a little mayhem in his rescue.
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Re: An amusing rescue for a change.

Was waiting for a "So he tried something he say in All Is Lost, and set his jacket ablaze as a signal"

Losing his navigation system... dropped the handheld GPS over the side?

I do joke, of course. And nice to see they managed to save the boat to shore, and he escaped with what seems like just a tarnished pride and a repair bill.
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Re: An amusing rescue for a change.

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He managed to let off some flares but in doing so set fire to his lifejacket and was forced to throw it overboard.


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Still trying to stop laughing so I can envision this.
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