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|03-11-2009 06:28 AM|
[QUOTE=billyruffn;457412] The French did their part -- and remember that the French SAR forces had no idea what the nature of the emergency was and so their reluctance to risk life and limb with a night rescue was probably the right call.
When in doubt, I say fly, if it is reasonably safe. At least they could have obtained a head start on getting to the point when they knew they would have had to refuel! Did you see the conditions the USCG was flying in at night in "Perfect Storm"? When I heard that the French wouldn't fly at night, I thought they had some little two person helicopter available. When I saw the helicopter, I thought-wow- thats a bird that could fly anywhere, anytime, within reason. If I activate an EPIRB, I want to know that everyone concerned is doing everything in their power to assist. If it turns out to be a false alarm...oh well, they drill on a regular basis anyway. The alternative is that people who live to save lives sat by as victims died because it was dark!
|03-04-2009 08:59 PM|
If his eyes weren't night adapted, he really wasn't fit to be on deck watch at night. From what I've read... that was the case. Just being on deck doesn't mean you're on watch, regardless of whether you say you are or not IMHO. If you're not able to see because your eyes haven't adapted, you can't keep watch properly at night. There's a reason they have red-lighting for night-time cabin use...
|03-04-2009 07:46 PM|
Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
|03-04-2009 10:15 AM|
Isn't there a Rule 5. That a lookout must be maintained at all times?
And Autopilots are not qualified to be lookouts.
|03-04-2009 01:02 AM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I think the real story is not hitting the reef (and as we all know, sailors who hang out on keyboards all winter never hit reefs). The great part of the story, IMO, was how they all performed after disaster struck. With less presence of mind the skipper would have bled out in minutes. The kids saved their father, the wife got them all off the boat and out of the surf. The local family performed the initial rescue. The French did their part -- and remember that the French SAR forces had no idea what the nature of the emergency was and so their reluctance to risk life and limb with a night rescue was probably the right call.
Let's take it for what it is -- a story with a happy ending. I don't know that I'd buy the book -- she's a real estate broker not a professional writer, and from the looks of their house she didn't write the book for the royalties. Nor should we, IMHO, go to great lengths in second guessing those who were on the scene and in the sh*t. The skipper paid for his mistake -- he lost his boat and one leg. I, too, thought the "medal" was a bit OTT, but in the video, the skipper looked a little surprised and embarassed by it all.
|03-03-2009 01:37 PM|
|WouldaShoulda||If they aren't living in trees on some island I'm not interested!!|
|03-03-2009 09:26 AM|
|twisty2||I TIVO'd it now I am not sure I am as interested as I thought I was.|
|03-02-2009 09:58 PM|
get it from the library
[QUOTE=camaraderie;335972]This from Fox...I think I'm gonna buy the book!
Save your money. I read better. The only point of interest is that some of Bligh's men may have purposely positioned the reef 20 miles from it's proper location, knowing they were going to mutiny, thus knowing they would be searched for, as so, if the searchers had charts with reefs 20 miles off, maybe they would crash, thus ending the search...temporarily I suppose.
Get the book from the library like I did.
|03-02-2009 02:02 PM|
Originally Posted by L124C View Post
I'd have to agree. You'd think that with his family aboard, he'd be more cautious rather than less. BTW, if you're close enough to a reef to hit it, you ain't in the middle of the ocean... Also, from what I've read about the incident, there was no one on watch on-deck. If they had had someone on watch, the person on watch may very well have heard the surf breaking on the rocks in time for them to do something. The amount of background noise in moderate conditions in the Southern Pacific is probably quite low.
|03-02-2009 12:24 PM|
If this had happened to us we would be too embarrassed to tell the world about it.
New video: Cat at sea
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