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Coast Guard Assists Sailing Vessel

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 COMMENT 764439P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 10:07 AM

Really happy all is well.

 

 MESARATS helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 12:28 PM

Wonder why he didn't just anchor up and sail back in the morning. Conditions were calm and he was close to shore.

 

 COMMENT 764450P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 12:44 PM

He did all the right things here for a safe & successful return to the harbor.

 

 COMMENT 764454 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 12:46 PM

He did anchor up. Rather than just waiting until morning and having to pay Vessel Assist, this clueless sailor with no GPS when every smart phone has one, opted for a little drama and a free rescue from the Coast Guard.

 

 COMMENT 764458 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 01:52 PM

I was under the impression the CG only comes out to rescue when life and limb are at stake, not property. However I do doubt they will eat the cost of this effort.

 

 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 05:08 PM

Well, all turned out well and the gentleman, his dog and boat are safe Naturally, the critics had to jump in on the situation without knowing details. The man could have medical issues that meant he had to get to shore, who knows, there could be a variety of reasons not to stay out over night. And with dense fog, there is a possibility there wouldn't be wind tomorrow either.

 

 COMMENT 764450P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 06:28 PM

Flicka, the grousers are just a bunch of ninnys, so no sleepless night. :-)

 

 COMMENT 764518 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 08:43 AM

Happy ending. Glad we live in a place where this type of rescue is easily possible.

 

 CHACHA helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 08:45 AM

No way, you only call the coast guard if you are in imminent danger of loss or damage to life or vessel. The only way this could have been the case is if the guy was out with no anchor, in which case, buddy, sell the boat, sailing isn't for you.

If he had an anchor he should have anchored to deal with the safety of the boat in the short term and then called a vessel assist company if he was in a hurry to get home--which he would have to pay for, rather ban using public money to bail him out.

 

 CORKY helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 09:49 AM

Well, smart to use the flares, and perhaps didn't want to sit out in the cold foggy weather with his dog all night. Years ago our family went camping in the desert and had to take our dog out of the car, because he was so cold. Probably put him in one of our sleeping bags.

 

 COMMENT 764540 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 10:06 AM

This event had a happy ending for him, but not for the tax payers. He was in no danger. All he needed to do was anchor for the night and wait for the wind to come up the next morning. He didn't need to be sitting out in the cold. He could have put up his anchor light and stayed inside the cabin. If he has medical issues that prevent staying all night in a sailboat, then he has no business taking this trip.

 

 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 10:31 AM

It must be wonderful to be a critic! So easy make light of other's choices. I guess only the perfect people can do this.

 

 COMMENT 764570 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 11:34 AM

No, people who own cars and don't expect free towing service grouse a bit when boat owners get free taxpayer-paid towing and seaside service. But it's OK, it's pretty minor in the overall scheme of things.

 

 COMMENT 764592P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 01:13 PM

Oh for Peet's sake! Every time there is a rescue of any kind, the same people (I just know it is) whank about it. Maybe everyone should be like them and sit at home criticizing other people online and never get out of the house and do anything.

 

 CHACHA helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 01:40 PM

592, sorry it offends you. As someone with a lot of experience on the water, it bugs me when people use resources which are intended to be deployed in emergencies (A helicopter PLUS a response boat) because they are impatient. It's like calling 911 if you get lost. That should not be your first call.

 

 COMMENT 764627 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 03:05 PM

It was midnight, in very heavy fog, and he didn't know where he was. The article said he also had electrical issues, which might mean no light or pumps, etc., right? Isn't this an emergency, if not for him then conceivably for other boats in the area? I don't know anything about boating but it's seems to facile to say "he was in no danger" in those conditions. Anyway I doubt the Harbor Patrol would have mobilized all those resources unless they thought it was justified.

 

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