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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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