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UK's volunteers ready to miss Christmas to save lives
By Pamela Saunders, ,
9:27 AM Tue 14 Dec 2010
Regardless of gale force winds, rough seas, icy conditions or turkey-laden plates, the UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crews will be ready to leave family and festivities behind to rescue those in danger in the seas around Britain this Christmas. ...[more]
Falmouth coordinates rescue of yacht after fishing boat collision
By Fred Caygill/Sail-World Cruising, ,
8:37 AM Fri 10 Dec 2010
The danger of fishing boats to yachts was underlined last week when a cruising yacht was dismasted and holed in the Atlantic Ocean some 400 miles west of Cape Verde by a collision with a fishing boat. ...[more]
Home-built schooner Raw Faith founders, crew rescued again
By Des Ryan.,
2:52 PM Wed 8 Dec 2010
Two sailors have been rescued from the three-masted schooner Raw Faith, a 118-foot, home-built yacht, which foundered approximately 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The vessel had been disabled and was reportedly taking on water. ...[more]
Sailor perishes in late sail to the Canaries
By Sail-World Round-up, ,
8:15 AM Wed 1 Dec 2010
Sailor's lore goes that to cross the Atlantic, the savvy sailor will leave Europe for the Canaries no later than September before the savage winter gales set in. The wisdom of this was proved again this week as a British cruising sailor tragically perished in a journey between Lisbon and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. ...[more]
Sailing Tip of the Week: How never to hit bottom
By Craig Headifen, ,
7:38 AM Sun 28 Nov 2010
They say that there are two categories of sailors – those that have hit the bottom, and the liars. Well, with this article, I have to place myself firmly in the first category. I believe the reason 'they' (I never really know who 'they' are) make this statement is to promote caution, that you’re never too immune from the bottom of the ocean no matter how much experience you have. ...[more]
Collision with ship: how we survived
By Sail-World Cruising/Russell Furlong, ,
9:56 AM Tue 16 Nov 2010
Australian Jessica Watson did it last year when she didn't check her horizon, South African Russell Furlong did it when his crew member made the same mistake last week. Watson survived by a miracle, as did the yacht Pontus off the coast of South Africa. As it is so unlikely for a yacht to survive a collision with a ship, doubt had been expressed about the story. Furlong describes what happened: ...[more]
A Day in the Life of the Coastguard
By Nancy Knudsen,
9:06 AM Sun 14 Nov 2010
'Bill I thought you could give me a hand with my boat.'
'What Eric? What boat? I didn't know you had a boat.'
'Well I've just bought it and I have to go pick it up and bring it back to Newcastle...and seeing you've had more experience than me...'
'Yes, well that certainly was a great afternoon sailing I had with my son-in-law...learned quite a bit...' ...[more]
Young sailor killed driving tender into anchored yacht
By Sail-World Cruising,
11:05 AM Wed 10 Nov 2010
A young British sailor has lost his life by colliding with an anchored yacht in the Port of Monaco. William Black, a crew member on the 56 metre ketch Burrasca, was driving his tender at 10.20pm and collided with an unmanned, anchored yacht, only illuminated by the regulation anchor light at the top of the mast. ...[more]
Yacht crew shaken after collision with cargo ship
By Dispatch Online/Sail-World Cruising, ,
11:27 AM Fri 5 Nov 2010
Three South African crew members on a yacht delivery trip between East London and Port Elizabeth had a narrow escape after their yacht was smashed from behind by a large cargo ship near Port Alfred.
The incident happened in broad daylight at around 6am yesterday as the crew were underway to deliver the vessel to its owner, Quinton Dosson, in Port Elizabeth. ...[more]
South Africa makes it official: Vessels 'required' to carry EPIRBs
By Sarene Kloren,
6:40 AM Fri 5 Nov 2010
As rescue coordination centres around the world step up their pressure on yachts, ships and all seagoing vessels, the South African Maritime Safety Authority's (SAMSA) Centre of Sea Watch Response has issued a statement that all 'ships' are 'required' to carry an EPIRB. All yachts in or likely to be in South African waters are recommended to take note. Here is their announcement: ...[more]
Rottnest Island boaties' weekend - fun and safety education together
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
3:02 PM Tue 2 Nov 2010
Calling West Australians! If you or a member of your crew is not 100% on safety equipment, knot tying, safety in approach, or many other elements essential to be a safe sailor, the Pains Wessex Rottnest Escorted Safety Convoy (RESC) is a fantastic opportunity, and a weekend which will be both educational and fun. ...[more]
How to recognise Drowning - it's NOT like shown on TV
By Mario Vittone, ,
10:01 AM Tue 26 Oct 2010
Have you ever witnessed someone drowning? Would you recognise it if you did? Leisure sailors spend all their sailing time in and around water, so knowing when someone is drowning is a vital skill. According to marine safety specialist Mario Vittone, it's nothing like what you see on TV, so learning to recognise it could save a life. In this excellent article, Mario explains ...[more]
Channel 16 blocked by careless radio operators
By Portsmouth/Sail-World Cruising,
7:21 AM Sun 24 Oct 2010
Private yachts are putting lives at risk by accidentally blocking the airwaves, the coastguard in Britain has warned.
Rescue personnel have been unable to find vessels in distress because pleasure boats have left their radios transmitting, blocking the Solent coastguard's emergency frequency ...[more]
Rescue 21 - taking the 'search' out of 'search and rescue'
By Lee Mylchreest, ,
10:39 AM Sat 23 Oct 2010
Getting to a rescue site in the least possible time is one of the vital elements of a successful rescue, and it's new technology that is helping the U.S. Coast Guard do their jobs by taking the 'search' out of search-and-rescue missions. ...[more]
Non-Stop Weekend Workout for Marine Rescue Volunteers
By Ken McManus, Marine Rescue,
2:44 PM Tue 7 Sep 2010
Volunteer crews from Marine Rescue units were working non-stop in last weekend’s appalling conditions. Their marine radios were alive with an unprecedented number of calls for help, reports of vessels adrift from moorings and grounded vessels ...[more]
The tough EPIRB that fooled them all
By Nancy Knudsen, ,
6:22 AM Sun 5 Sep 2010
It was just after 1300 when the distress call came in last week - a good time, given that there were still some hours of light for a search. For the Coastguard station, monitored by volunteers, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) distress was a signal to spring into action, adrenaline up. Half drunk coffee was forgotten, all knew their jobs ...[more]
Yachtsman dies after yacht scaffolding fall
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
9:14 AM Wed 1 Sep 2010
You don't have to fall from the top of the mast to lose your life when working on your boat. A sailor from Lyttelton, just south of Christchurch in New Zealand has died from head injuries received when he fell from scaffolding while working on his yacht. ...[more]
Three more sailors' lives saved by EPIRB
By Sail-World Cruising, ,
6:34 AM Sat 28 Aug 2010
It's happened yet again. The lives of three French sailing crew have been saved by their EPIRB - and a friendly passing container ship. The yacht, 500 nautical miles off its expected course sent the emergency alert this week while were sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. ...[more]
RNLI volunteer heroes receive two awards for dangerous rescue
By Richard Smith, RNLI/Sail-World Cruising, ,
6:57 AM Sun 22 Aug 2010
The heroes of the sea are usually portrayed as the adventure sailors who sail how and where most wouldn't. So it's always good to see those other, less honoured heroes receive the recognition they deserve. In the UK, in Kent, a lifeboat crew will receive a i>second /i> award for an outstanding rescue of two sailors after one of them fell overboard and was trailing by his tether. ...[more]
Anatomy of a Rescue - and why EPIRB's are vital for sailing boats
By John Bell/Sail-World Cruising,
8:19 PM Fri 27 Nov 2009
i>This description of an unavoidable incident at sea and its aftermath is a copybook account of how modern rescues should work - but the story could have been very different if there had not been an EPIRB on board. /i>
They were a team of two sail instructors and three students, but the students didn' t know the lessons they were about to learn - the hard way. ...[more]
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