I have a friend who misses her dad soooo much, and as she goes through her life almost every day she thinks of things she would have liked to have shared with her daddy, her first hero.
And every day she worries about her mum who has become so very introverted and unsocial since she lost her childhood sweet heart and her rock.
He would still be here if he had worn his LJ in his tender, but like some on here he was super gung-ho about the need to wear a life jacket. I can hear him now as he trotted out all his "excuses" regularly for not wearing it, and i often wonder if they went through his head as he tried to live in his last few moments.
Please everyone, use them.
The wearing of the lifejacket would not have guaranteed such an outcome. It may have increased his chances or it may have made recovery of the body easier.
Others factors come into play. i.e. Crotch straps. Without which he may have slipped out of his LJ as his body became limp to the cold. etc etc
I wonder what happens if the dinghy is tethered to a second or even third dinghy ie one either side. or some form of floats acting as stabilizers each side of the dinghy
If done well it would not capsize ?
Again lifejackets yes
Though now as i read on another thread only a day ago a very good idea is a bright light source on the lifejacket, there are "cool" rated L.E.D.s (light emmitting diodes). These could flash.
I think there should be a vertical extension at the back of the jacket to host the led/s above the head so they can be seen clearly.
Also rfid chips could help the coastguard zero in on your location and who wouldnt want to be found quickly ?
I think we have a lot of good tech already to use as is.
As cold is a killer im seriously considering a dry suit at all times.
RIP this poor man, my condolences to his Family.
Last edited by Ben Dockrell 22; 15-05-12 at 07:38.
Stearing at goats is only for pervs.
I must admit that for many years we never wore LJ's - in fact even in the early 90's when I did all the RYA training we knew where they were but they only came out in the dark or extreme conditions.
How times have changed - since the kids came along we all wear them all the time - and good quality auto ones with all the bells and whistles - well lights & whistles anyway !
Kids have never known any other way and when a 10 year old instinctively & innocently asks why someone isn't wearing one I have yet to hear any adult come up with a decent answer - or any answer for that matter !
If one persists though he'll wear it if only to shut me up, this may be a guideline for dealing with recalcitrant crew...
LJs are essential, and this accident has highlighted that once again, but as Seajet and others have commented, they do not GUARANTEE survival. They improve the chance of survival, by a long way, but we should be no less vigilant just because we are wearing them.
The Studland accident was overshadowed in the press by the tragic death of a father and son in the boating accident on the River Avon. Again our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends.
On this occasion both WERE wearing LJs.
Is Conservation for wildlife or conservationists?
So, we (at least I am) are converted. We use our preferred buoyancy device when in the dinghy.
If I buy one of these waterproof phones, which number am I going to have on fast-dial? The pub I have just left will be full of useful types maybe, and it is nearby, the CG is (soon to be) centralised somewhere and will have to call a man-in-a-van. The clubhouse -anyone there?
OK if you're part of a group/crew, but what if you're on your own?
Mini flares http://www.safety-marine.co.uk/distr...-flare-kit.htm are a possibility, is there anything better around? These and other mini flares seem to need to be assemled onto a launcher before use, which may not be easy under some circumstances. Wonder if the old fashioned mini flares are still available anywhere?
Last edited by Billjratt; 15-05-12 at 08:49.
Left hand down a bit.