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Bayview Mackinac Race: Coast Guard co-ordinates rescue of Night Train sailor

Night Train is one of the boats in our club. Don't know anything more about the incident at this time.

Bayview Mackinac Race: Coast Guard co-ordinates rescue of Night Train sailor (BYM News)

All I can say is: Thank God that crewman missed the boat on his way down!

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He's also lucky he didn't get caught and killed by the rigging.

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Wow, sad news. Hope he makes a speedy recovery.
He was very lucky to have cleared everything on the way down.

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He was also lucky to have a lifejacket on. It must have have hurt hitting the water from 40' up. Hope he's OK.
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I would be worried about wearing a life jacket when going up the rigging, my first thought is that a broken neck is almost guaranteed with a fall of any height. Or perhaps this was a self-inflating vest with no flotation before hitting the water.


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I'd think that climbing the rig, even in a bosun's chair, with even an inflatable PFD on would be less than comfortable.

I would be curious to know how he managed to fall from the rigging. If he was in a bosun's chair, falling out of one is rather difficult. If he was in a climbing harness, falling off is pretty difficult too. IF he was using a safety line as well as a chair or harness, I don't see falling off as being possible except intentionally.

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If he was wearing a conventional lifejacket it would be no surprise to me that it was the source of his injuries.

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I crewed on Night Train many years ago and don't recall anyone ever going up the mast without a harness; however, if lines were fouled, there may not have been a free-running halyard. You'd have to think that anyone goin aloft in any kind of seas would really get whipped around. As for PFD's, few at the time had traditional ones- everyone else had foul-weather jackets with integral flotation & harnesses or inflatables. I'm a paddler & small-boat sailor though so an inflatable doesn't make sense for me. FWIW, this boat received a Hanson medal several years ago for rescuing 2 of Epic's crewmembers. The story of this incident will come out eventuallly.
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