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My first in Water Experience

Well as promised, here is my account of my first in the water experience.  Of which I must say before hand, “I am not proud of the way it turned out”

Well it was Monday 23rd of June somewhere between the Pontiac and Great Yarmouth.  It was in the afternoon, around 3.30. We had left the Bridge inn at Acle after sampling one of there huge stake and ale pies. As said before on this forum, it was delicious, and I very much recommend it.

Back to what happened. We were aboard the finesse 1. Three male adult’s one female adult and two children and my dog lucky. The sun was shinning the sunroof open and doors shut. We were making for the Bernie pub. As no one was going out on deck none of us had our life jackets on. (Can I just say here that those who saw us at the forum meet, saw the whole crew and the dog in life jackets) at the helm was Nigel. Carol, me and Brian, were just lazing about and the kids watching a DVD film. Just then Brian gets a phone call and opens the door to go out for some privacy. Next thing I know he is shouting lucky is in the water.  I dash on deck to see my dog some twenty or thirty foot behind the boat floundering in the water. Then I realised not all dogs are swimmers.  With out thinking and in panic I dived off the back of the boat and swam to get lucky. I reached him and took hold of him and swam back towards the boat. The crew had stopped the boat and the lads were on deck to help me.  I passed them up lucky they passed him to carol in the boat and that’s were our troubles began.

For those who like my self have never been over board and tried to get back aboard a boat in mid river can I say here and now its ruddy impossible. The three of us are ex rugby players and although no spring chickens are still physically strong.  Well I was at the bow trying to get back on board; the two lads took hold of my arms and tri ed to lift me back aboard. Even with my help this was impossible. I told them to cut the engine and swam to the stern of the boat which was slightly lower. We tried two or three times to get me back aboard but failed each time. Then I noticed just on the water line a rubber strip (sorry don’t know the correct term). Any way the lads started
To lift me I managed my knee onto this strip and was just starting to get back on board when Brian let out a cry O! %#*”T   I end up back in the water with him along side me.  As I had been in the water some time he boosted me from the water while Nigel pulled me aboard, now we tried to lift him and failed each time so what I did was to take the stern rope through the top hand rail made a loop and lowered to him he put his foot in the loop I secured the other side to a cleat he stood upon the rope and we pulled him aboard. Re- started the boat and continued on our way.

The lessons learned.
1, we now have a man over board procedure of our own making
2, I have bought a very large landing net in case lucky falls over board again I will use this and not be an idiot and go in the water.
3 Wear life jackets even when on the move
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Phew. That could have been ugly.
Colin Buttifant's and Eastwood Whelpton's yachts... and maybe more.. carry rope ladders.
They should probably be compulsory on all boats.


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Hi Clogger,
I have experienced two in water experiences, not me may I add. Good name for your dog though, LUCKY.

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Certainly not a nice experiance glad all are ok

J

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I remember bobbing about in Wroxham Broad explaining to the rescuers on board how to make those loops with a mooring line so I could climb back aboard. Playful

We have a ladder on Rondonay!

Pauline

'Stop it you silly ass!' cried the Rat from the bottom of the boat 'You can't do it! You'll have us over!'

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Blimey,

Good desciption though and it really does bring the dangers home.

Right then - Decision made, I'm going off to trawl around and find just where to buy a short rope ladder to be kept onboard.

Griff

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What I have got for sale are fold up footrests to be bolted through the hull just above the water line to give you a foothold.  A mooring line passed under the armpits can then be used to support the upper body.  You can also get fenders with a built in foothold but these need to be securely fixed, an ordinary fender eye will not support a soggy body.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Ah, the joys of being young and small. I just chuck a rope over the bow (well away from the prop, even when switched off) and shimmy up it when I've been swimming.

(Not that I swim on the Broads, mind you... Not intentionally anyway!)

Instant human reaction, but possibly the worst thing you can do is jump in after someone/thing. Better to learn that on The Broads than at sea, mind you!

Happy sailing! Rob

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Wow what a tale.   I felt quite panic struck just sitting here reading it.   Of all spots to fall in that must be one of the worst with the running tide as it does there.   Have made a note of all the comments especially of your inspirational idea with the rope - that probably saved your life.    Not many years ago at Potter (not so hairy) saw a man dive in after a dog and never saw him again, unfortunately he never came up again but was found some hours later after the river was closed.  They were an older couple.  What with the cold of the water and the mud he never came up.   Of course the dog swam to safety and was fine.  

It must just be human nature to want to jump in and I think most of us would do the same but oh you were so lucky.

Monica

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Blimey indeed,

yes about ten years ago at Xmas we hired Royall Tango 2.
we were mored up a Dillham,i was standing on the newly made bank when it and i slid into the river,Gill went big time upset,but lucky i was fit enough then to haul my self up over the deck to get back on board,no chanch now so i think a rope ladder on all hire craft may be a good thing.

But please i know its hard if you are not a top olyimpic swimmer dont jump in,get life jackets for your dogs, and make sure your crew  use them as well,then you can throw the life ring to them,If they put that over their shoulders you may be able to hoist them out.

AJB  plus our Life Boat friends please you are
experts on here

INPUT PLEASE.


roya

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