This may seem
off-topic for this sub-forum, but it's not, because this is stuff we heard on the radio installed in our sailboat
, and while we were out sailing.
Last weekend heard somebody report to the CG a boat sinking off Gull Island. Debris in the water, nobody in the water they could spot. Saw the CG helicopter headed in that general direction a while later. Multiple PAN-PAN's by the CG throughout the remainder of our sail and motor back to our slip.
Never heard another word about it. Nothing on the news. None of our sail club mates heard about it.
Wonder what was up with that?
Today: Some boater near one of the shipping channel buoys calls "MAYDAY!" Both Canadian and U.S. CG respond. U.S. CG takes it, as boat was apparently on U.S. side of the shipping channel. There's some back-and-forth. Couldn't hear the boater, but, best as I could tell from hearing one side of it: The emergency was: He has anchored and... his boat wouldn't start
. Finally, CG asks "Do you have a cell phone aboard?" Then: "Ok, please call this number: ..."
Sorry, guy, but no free tow for you!
Then there was the sailboat we saw, as we were headed back in, that was... ah... well, going in a circle, near as we could tell. As we watched him, passing well
over him, I was thinking "What in the blue blazes is he doing?" TBH: Looked like they couldn't figure out quite how the sailing thing worked. Last we saw of them, they'd figured out how to roll up the jib--so they were making progress