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10 Apr 2014
What a week of rescues!
Kauffman family and their two children, rescued only two weeks into a crossing of the Pacific due to multiple problems including baby's illness .
This certainly was a week of rescues for cruising sailors in many parts of the world. There were two significant features of these worth mentioning.
First was the huge mainstream press attention to the plight of a baby who fell ill while her family was crossing the Pacific. As our journalist Lee Mylchreest observed, the dropping of three paramedics from a helicopter 900nm from shore and the significant dedication of rescue and Navy personnel which followed was sure to attract criticism. The fact that this incident followed another rescue of three tiny children from Antarctic waters following a dismasting hardly seemed to add to the row that followed on blogs, websites and 'letters to the editor'.
Anasazi Girl Raivo in crib - rescued with her two siblings and parents after a dismasting in the Southern Ocean .. .
It remains a dilemma. Asking how young is too young to go sailing across oceans is like asking how much safety equipment is the minimum you should take. What is true is that hundreds of children of all ages every year successfully sail with their parents around the world, benefitting hugely from the experience, and the record speaks for itself. In spite of the negative effects of this incident, in my now long career as a sailing journalist, I cannot previously recall a single incident of a child being involved in a rescue drama. That all changed this week.
The second item of significance was just how involved commercial shipping has become in yacht rescues these days, owing to the magnificent involvement of AMVER, the US Coast Guard inspired voluntary ship reporting system, which sends volunteer ships to aid seafarers in trouble.
Much other news too – the Yacht of the Week is the Moody 41; John Jamieson is back with some good advice on what gear needs checking DURING the season; and there's lots of advice on what's on on both sides of the Atlantic, so scan the headlines to find your interest, and...
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