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Old 25-07-2020, 08:51   #1
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Loss of Ohana-Uli

Haven't seen anything about this posted - looks like they moved to a liferaft to get picked up by a tanker, but the rescue went wrong and the liftraft got damaged, putting them in the water.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-...coast/12483886
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Old 25-07-2020, 16:28   #2
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What a shame! Condolences to the family.

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Re: Loss of Ohana-Uli

That’s a rough read. Does anyone know what kind of catamaran this was?

I’m interested in the failure mode that had them getting into a life raft.
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Thatís a rough read. Does anyone know what kind of catamaran this was?

Iím interested in the failure mode that had them getting into a life raft.
Lagoon 440?

The word 'capsized' was mentioned.
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Re: Loss of Ohana-Uli

The ship couldn't rescue them from the mother boat, which was "taking on water". So they got into the life raft. And somehow the life raft got damaged. It didn't look like a Lagoon 40 to me, but, maybe an older model? Maybe home built? Lots of Ozzie cats.

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Re: Loss of Ohana-Uli

I think this is the boat.
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Re: Loss of Ohana-Uli

Ohana-uli was a well traveled Lagoon 440. They left Australia last season and did a 3,000 mile transit through Indonesia to Malaysia. Then a crossing of the Indian Ocean, that got short circuited by a Covid lockdown in the Maldives. When that became undesirable tbey sailed direct to Tanzania. A few months in Tanzania and the skipper having a bout of malaria had them leave to head back east to the Seychelles after it opened up to cruisers.
There was a low east of N Madagascar that was teacking west. It had some enhanced winds on its SW side that funnelled north up the NE side of Madagsacar. When Ohana uli was about 250 miles east of Tanzania they setoff their 406mhz Eprib and reported taking on water.
A commercial ship was directed to their position. At some currently unknown point they took to the liferaft. After the ship arrived a rescue was attempted in conditions reported to be 35kts and significant seas. The raft was damaged in the rescue attempt and the occupants ended up in the water, and eventually lost.

Probably the only thing you can learn from this right now is a reenforecment that a rescue by a large commecial vessel is extremely dangerous.

( this is very raw for the family and many cruising friends, please respond appropriately)
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So tragic and very sad to read about. My condolences to family and friends.
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Unfortunately, very few rescues by large ships are a success since they generally dont have suitable lifting equipment. Having a handheld VHF to communicate with the crew could save your life.
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Re: Loss of Ohana-Uli

Unsure if this "fix" for escape hatch de-lamination is applicable to Lagoon boats too or just FPs. The author has devised what seems to be a fairly stout repair kit for the Gioit hatches in FP boats. Sharing in the hopes that it may help some other sailors.


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