I crewed on my buddies boat with a new member
who hadn't really sailed a lot. My buddy was below and the newbie
was at the tiller. I sat beside the newbie
and watch as he pointed the boat at a large container ship coming in Vancouver
BC harbour. I watched as we got closer and closer expecting him to turn at any moment. When collision
was about close to happening, I realized this guy had some sort of brain freeze and wasn't going to do anything. I jumped up, yanked the tiller from him and swung the boat around. I was worried the ship would steal our wind
so I jammed the motor
on so I would still have control of the boat.
I was an officer in the Canadian Cadets and we lost
a teen on a hike into the mountains. A search party went out looking for him in this very very narrow valley; so narrow I was confident we would find him. Several times we went up and down it, looking for him and calling out his name. I spotted him about 50 yards off the trail; we must have walked past him several times and he could definitely hear our cries. I was miffed that he hadn't responded or just walked out when he saw us. I asked him what he was thinking and he said he didn't know; he was frozen in action - another brain freeze. I've learned in emergency
situations not to rely on the actions of others in terms of logic of the situation.