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Old 22-07-2014, 13:08   #1
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This is Getting Ridiculous

UPDATE: Coast Guard responds to distressed mariners

I am am at a loss for words.(And anyone that knows me knows that is something!)
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Old 22-07-2014, 13:11   #2
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I'm sure the USCG was impressed as well.
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Old 22-07-2014, 13:18   #3
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Re: This is getting ridiculous

our tax dollars at work.
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Old 22-07-2014, 13:20   #4
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Re: This is getting ridiculous

CG towing the boat in, that seems usual.

Seems the tug Horizon just lost out on owning a sailboat!
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Without knowing the details making any kind of judgement is pure speculation.

While the human body can be extroadinarily tough any of us can reach our endurance limits. Calling for assistance at the right time is also a skill in itself.

The coast guard were fulfilling their charter. Providing assistance to a vessel and their crew. Kudos to them.

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Thank God for the USCG. They have to answer the call even when it isn't called for. Just like the cops.

Does this fubar crew sell the boat or keep depending on the kindness of strangers every time they venture outside the tidal pool?
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Man-gee honey I'm really tired sailing is hard

Woman-ya I agree this isn't like the movies

Woman-is there anyway to get the boat to stop rocking?

Man-Not unless the stupid waves stop.

Woman-Well I want this to stop I don't feel good.

Man-Honey we're in the middle of the ocean what do you want me to do?

Woman-I want off this stupid boat you made us get!!!!! I want a divorce!!! Get me out of here!!!!!!!!

Man- (radio transmission) MAYDAY MAYDAY help us please my wife is MAADDDDDDD!!!!!!
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Without knowing the details making any kind of judgement is pure speculation.

While the human body can be extroadinarily tough any of us can reach our endurance limits. Calling for assistance at the right time is also a skill in itself.

The coast guard were fulfilling their charter. Providing assistance to a vessel and their crew. Kudos to them.

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Well, we know some details... We know that "The mariners, a 35-year-old male and a 35-year-old female, reported no injuries or medical concerns." We know that a mayday situation is one in which a vessel or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Doesn't really seem to be the case here. I don't think this is jumping to conclusions. The Coast Guard, of course, did what they are supposed to do when a mayday is issued. I can't really say the same for the crew. pete
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Re: This is getting ridiculous

133 miles SE of Charleston puts them in the Gulf Stream and looking at the past weather surface analysis it looks like there were some thunderstorms in that area before the low moved in that's sitting there now. Probably was a little rough but doesn't look like there was any kind of prevailing NE wind or anything.

I wonder where they were coming from or how they got out there? That would have been at least 24 hour sailing in good conditions.

I'm not going to pass judgement until I hear their side of the story, but the report definitely doesn't make it sound like it was an emergency situation.

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Gentlemen, You do realize that the fine CG folks either rescue people or perform training, pretty much every day don't you. There is no appreciable extra cost to the taxpayer.

The CG, least ways around the SF Bay area, are always running about training pretty much all the time. This includes hilo deploy/retrieve training, C130 drops, fast boat training, inter-agency training, live fire training, you name it. I see it all the time. Cool to watch too.

So stop belly aching about wasted tax dollars. The money is spent in either case.
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Gentlemen, You do realize that the fine CG folks either rescue people or perform training, pretty much every day don't you. There is no appreciable extra cost to the taxpayer.

The CG, least ways around the SF Bay area, are always running about training pretty much all the time. This includes hilo deploy/retrieve training, C130 drops, fast boat training, inter-agency training, live fire training, you name it. I see it all the time. Cool to watch too.

So stop belly aching about wasted tax dollars. The money is spent in either case.
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The USCG frequently closes off the northern side of San Pablo Bay for its practice. Helicopter heading toward SPB practice:

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For me this is not about the money it is more about if this type of thing keeps happening we as sailors are going to find restrictions placed on us.

Also it is an issue of people not being fully prepared for offshore sailing. And by fully prepared i mean mentally prepared as well as a well founded vessel. If you are not prepared for some hardship you really do not understand what ocean sailing involves, it can be down right challenging at times. I feel many set off not fully understanding this and are not prepared to stick it out. I think this is an aspect of offshore sailing that is often over looked.
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It must have happened in a country with too strict requirements set upon sailors. Where there are fewer restrictions, people do more sailing and in result they have better skills and higher awareness and thus they get into trouble less often.

Police less, sail more. ;-)

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Well, we know some details... We know that "The mariners, a 35-year-old male and a 35-year-old female, reported no injuries or medical concerns." We know that a mayday situation is one in which a vessel or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Doesn't really seem to be the case here. I don't think this is jumping to conclusions. The Coast Guard, of course, did what they are supposed to do when a mayday is issued. I can't really say the same for the crew. pete
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