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Join Date: Oct 2006
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The thing about this incident is that while the Placid Sea was reported as the Blessed Be the BB did not itself make any attempt to contact VMR/SAR after reporting all was fine after the knockdown. No one could have possibly thought she was in trouble.
OK , yes, mixups and cockups do happen. Indeed when we sailed down the NSW coast in January this year we did everything by the book. Prior to leaving we emailed our details to Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Sydney (used to be call Coastal Patrol). On departing Sydney we logged in only to find that they had either misplaced our details or failed to put our passage plan into the computer. So we did it all again over the radio. No big deal but a cockup nonetheless.
After that all was well. Marine Rescue (even though they didn't seem to know whether they were Marine Rescue, Volunteer Marine Rescue, VMR or plain old Coastal Patrol) were fabulous. One station (Port Kembla) who we were not required to notify of our progress even called up at 0200 to wish us well and have a bit of chat. I guess he was bored but it shows they were not asleep on the job.
I simply don't think the BB disaster can be put down to incompetence on the part of the VMR/SAR people. Even had the Placcid Sea mixup not occurred, those guys luck had well and truely run out. It is sad, it is a tragedy but the fact is such things happen when we choose to muck around in small boats.
ps - I happen to know the son of one of the BB's crew. If the opportunity arises to ask him about his feelings re the coroner's report I'll do so and report back. I'm not simply going to ring him up and ask. I don't think that would be right and proper.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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― Terry Pratchett.