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05-18-2010 11:37 AM
nolatom Aw shucks, but thanks all for the kind comments.

I learned that day that there *are* 3-seat jetskis, go figure.

The students were a family, but not mine, so "Mom" wasn't my Mom. Just as well, since they, a very nice couple from Lafayette, were all younger than me, and this one had sharp eyes, maybe better even than my Mom's, who is 91 (but sailed a lot) ;-)

I thought hard about whether to go out at all, in that breeze, it was a handfull. And we were late because they were delayed enroute on I-10. But without those two factors, we wouldn't have been there, would we?
Sometimes the things we don't plan work out much better than the things we do...
05-18-2010 09:56 AM
therapy23 Nola,
You are to be commended for sure!
05-18-2010 09:36 AM
Originally Posted by CharlieCobra View Post
Nicely done and what better way to drive home a lesson?
...And the lesson is: Do not have three people on a PWC!

Sorry I didn't mean to take away from the rescue - or the lesson!

Good on you nolatom! Thank you for sharing!

( I wonder which the 8yo thinks is cooler, Sailboat or Jetski? )
05-18-2010 09:16 AM
CharlieCobra Nicely done and what better way to drive home a lesson?
05-18-2010 05:05 AM
Bene505 Great story Tom, thank you for sharing it.

05-18-2010 01:21 AM
KeelHaulin Great story; if they could not get back to the PWC then you probably did save their lives. In 74 degree water it will take a while but it would happen after about 6 hours. I applaud your mom for spotting them and you for getting them aboard; good job!

We had a MOB situation when I was doing a sailing school course. We were sailing off Santa Cruz; about 1.5 miles offshore and as we sailed downwind I spotted a MOB trying to climb back aboard a Santa Cruz 27. He was trying to crawl up the transom and his girlfriend was trying to pull him up aboard. It was choppy with 4-6' swell in 55 degree water; and he was having trouble. So the instructor had us stand by and wait to see if he could get aboard; and she finally was able to grab his belt on his jeans and help pull him up as he pulled on the pulpit with his hands. That was a scary few minutes; even for us as the stand-by boat.
05-11-2010 06:50 PM
Billy654 Tom

From one of your former students --- GooooD Going.

My wife and I practice what you taught us (MOB) this past week-end.
05-11-2010 09:18 AM
ilikerust "One said we saved his life, though with lifejackets on all, and 74-degree lake, I think that's an exaggeration."

I dunno - 74 degrees might feel good for swimming, but spend some time in it floating about, waiting for someone to come by and pick you up, and you can start getting chilled pretty quickly. If you hadn't come by, how far were they from land? How long would it have taken him to swim back to either his PWC or shore - if he even could have, given the wind and waves?

I mean, mebbe he was slightly overstating the seriousness of the circumstances, but he probably was pretty scared at that point, floating around out there by himself like a cork and getting pushed who knows where. I would think that falling off a PWC like that in any sizeable body of water would quite suddenly make you feel very small and vulnerable. I know I would be extremely grateful to you if I were in his position, and would similarly express my gratitude. Good job!!
04-26-2010 12:40 PM
zz4gta good on ya
04-26-2010 10:18 AM
sailingdog Well, that's one way to cap off a MOB drill... Goodonya Nolatom.
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