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ID: 81 Title: Mayday/Distress Calls Replis: 1 Read: 1574 Author: 2
Name: Ms. Alexis Fenner  Posts: 15  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-4-7_20:39:24 Quote    Reply
Over the last three months, I have put to sea twice to render aid to two boats requesting assistance. Both cases were boats that had run out of fuel and were drifting. After answering the first call and arriving at the position given by the vessel, I found no sign of it. I searched for over an hour and then gave up. Weather condition were perfect, visibility was over twelve kilometers and it was impossible to miss a forty foot white hulled boat. I returned to my moorings and later found out that the boat concerned was over thirty kilometers out with its position.

The second event happened when I was already at sea. A general call for assistance was received from a twenty six foot boat that had lost power and was drifting just five miles away from where I was. I proceeded to its position at full speed, only to find it already gone from the area. It had regained power and left without cancelling its call for help. Very inconsiderate and frustrating, to say the least. I would like to remind people who have need of assistance, to cancel their request if help is no longer needed and for those that do need help, please give your correct position, your life may well depend on it.

Soon I hope to do a write up on the new "Canadian LifeBoat Association" that has started service here in Western Canada. A volunteer service run on the same lines as the U.K. R.N.L.I.


Name: Steven Roberts  Posts: 10  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-4-8_21:55:16 Quote    Reply
Hi... (waving to 'Lexis),

This wasn't exactly a distress call, but it has something in common. On my first Microship mini-expedition, I was having problems "thunking" against marina slips due to a too-rigid rubrail, so I picked up a used child's life vest for use as a flat fender. In a big blow off Bainbridge, this was lost, and I didn't even notice until the next day. It then hit me that someone finding this, and reporting it to the Coast Guard, could result in a significant search. I hailed the Coasties on VHF from Poulsbo and told them the story, describing the PFD and its distinctive creosote stain... and wow, was he ever happy to hear the news! He confirmed that a sighting of a floating kid's PFD would have indeed triggered a search, and thanked me profusely for reporting it.