News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int
Sail-World.com : Another dinghy death as sailor tries to save his dragging yacht
Another dinghy death as sailor tries to save his dragging yacht

'Dinghy - danger just a slip away when everything goes wrong at once'    .

It started as a mystery and ended with an all-too-familiar explanation. The long-time sailor had rowed his dinghy to his yacht in high winds and without a life jacket, probably because the anchor was dragging, then lost his footing and was drowned in the turbulent seas, his dinghy tied to the yacht but found upside down.

Good sailors prepare for the worst when sailing, but the focus is usually on what can happen at sea. Dinghy Danger - The simple dinghy trip between shore and yacht is vastly underrated as a source of danger, with too many incidents that result in either drowning or being swept to sea (See stories below).


The Canadian sailor was unable to be revived after he was recovered from the stormy water in Ganges Harbour in Vancouver Island on Sunday.

The coast guard received a report of a sailing vessel adrift at 11:47 a.m. yesterday. A nearby resident said the boat was banging against his dock.

The vessel had apparently dragged its anchor in Sunday’s wind storm. Winds in the area at the time were blowing more than 35knots, coast guard officer John Millman told the Times Colonist.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre put out a call to vessels in the area and Eagle Eye Marine, towing for Vessel Assist, was first on the scene with its 35-foot tug.

It was a 'boat adrift' mission that quickly changed to 'a person in the water' mission,' said Eagle Eye owner Nick Boychuck.

'He was floating close to shore so I hopped on our high-speed response boat with my wife [Celine, a captain] and we grabbed the guy and took him to the government dock,' Boychuck said.

The couple, with 15 years experience conducting such rescues and recoveries, told the Times Colonist that they were not optimistic the man they found in the water without a lifejacket could be revived but immediately began chest compressions.

'But you always want to hope,' Boychuck said.

The Ganges Coast Guard ship Cape Naden, returning from a call in Victoria, arrived immediately afterwards along with B.C. Ambulance Service and Salt Spring Fire-Rescue personnel. Paramedics continued attempts to save the man’s life.

The victim was brought by ambulance to Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital on Saltspring Island, but was declared dead on arrival.

Your dinghy, the source of fun and transport - what could be more innocent looking... -  .. .  

He apparently lived on the boat about 20 years, said Boychuck, who recovered the man's sailor's 26-foot wooden sail boat. 'I don’t know how he fell in the water but his dinghy, when the boat was recovered, was upside down and tied off to the sailboat,' Boychuck said. 'Who knows what he was doing.'

Whether the deceased boater was trying to board or disembark his sailboat is unknown, Boychuck said, and added that he would often see the man, not wearing a lifejacket, rowing in his dinghy to and from his sailboat.

'I knew he rowed out there all the time,' Boychuck said. 'I knew he wasn’t always wearing a lifejacket. We would see him row out there in storms and say ‘what is he doing?' But we didn’t’ see him that day.'

See some of the previous Sail-World Cruising stories on the subject:

Three days adrift: could it happen to you?

Two fourteen-year-olds swept out to sea

Dinghy Danger

Dinghy Danger Mark II
..........................

Did you like this article? If you are not a Sail-World subscriber already, did you know that you can keep up with all the news from the world of the cruising sailor with a weekly news hit? It's totally free, as all our income is from the advertisers.

Once you subscribe, all the non-racing news comes to you in one easy to read news magazine, right to your inbox. AND it's up to date, so you don't have to wait for the end of the month to find out what's going on. You can even subscribe a friend. Click here now!


by Times Colonist/Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93172

12:19 AM Tue 24 Jan 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Safety and the cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

09 May 2012  18 May: Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day
30 Apr 2012  Two fatal yachting incidents - what are the lessons?
13 Apr 2012  US Coast Guard gets vocal on boating safety
04 Apr 2012  USA's 'Rescue 21' almost rolled out
01 Apr 2012  Volunteer sailors winched down to rescue sailing boat
26 Mar 2012  Anatomy of a rescue - from the Ship Captain
21 Mar 2012  Five Inflatable-Life-Jacket myths dispelled
20 Mar 2012  Anatomy of a rescue - from the helicopter
12 Mar 2012  Solo cruising sailor missing in drug waters of Mexico
09 Mar 2012  MAIB report raises safety issues after MOB fatal incident
MORE STORIES ...






Cruising USA



Where in the world are our strongest corals? by Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab,








Barnacle Busting by Neil and Ley Langford,


From Penguins to Polar Bears by Cherie Winner,




Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science by Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues,




NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel by National Coastwatch,


Positive news for cruising boats in Greece by The Cruising Association,




















Risks to penguin populations continues by British Antarctic Survey,




Follow these tips when anchoring by Alex and Daria Blackwell,


Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady by Greg Nicoll, Andy Adams and John Armstrong,




If all else fails read the instructions!! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,




Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia and Phuket Yacht Show,






Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott by Anna Parker and the Sail-World Team,




Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video
Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video
Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch
Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas
Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure
Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa
World ARC 2014 reaches Australia
Venezuelan Port Control lift recent port restrictions.
Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao
Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart
Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water
World ARC reaches half-way point in Australia
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 2) *Feature
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
Costa Concordia - the $2.25 billion salvage operation ready to begin
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles, more photos *Feature
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - New location and attractions
Long Island waters could become more taxing this summer
4.8 million Legos all at sea
Tranquil, colourful and funky, Genoa Bay is a must stop for West Coast *Feature   
Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows   
Sail-World 2.0 - the Beta version- Please take a look   
Dredging activity near corals can increase frequency of diseases   
World ARC heading out of the Pacific   
Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt   
Desolation Sound added to Salish Sea Pilot free cruising guides   
Three Defensive Docking Strategies for Sailors   
Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature   
PredictWind's Weather Routing opens your navigation options - try it!   
Sail-World Cruising Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell   
Book review: Weather - you like it or not   
Vaavud launches generation 2 wind meter   
The drama begins - North West Passage sailors rescued from ice   
Entering an unfamiliar bay - decision time   
Baby Nemos finding their way home   
High Latitude Sailing - Book of the Week   
Will the Olympics make a difference to Rio pollution? *Feature   
Blue Planet Odyssey, around world rally, begins   
Africa Europe Cruising Challenge now open for entries   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT