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  1. #1
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    Default The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    2 topics in one not entirely unrelated.
    Magnet fishing as it is known is dangerous.
    Very powerful magnets can break your fingers if they get inbetween.
    Stuff on the bottom of rivers is rusty and junk and some idiot fished out
    a WW2 grenade.
    Its extremely unlikely one would find anything of value.
    So forget all those Viking swords and roman hoards.
    Folks who throw things in rivers are either litter louts of
    criminals.
    Its pure numpty greed.
    Do you really want the hassle of dredging up live ammo or
    unuseable weapons?
    These people are a danger to us all and other boat users.
    If you see them report them.

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    PS I first became aware of the precarious situation of Emergency Services or lack therefof
    along The Thames Footpath when walking the Thames Path.
    At one point I found myself in thick jungle with trees 300'tall
    about 3 and a half miles from any other human being.
    I was bound in by an uncrossable barbed wire fence on one side and the river on the other.
    A narrow path about half a mile long.
    The surrounding vegetation made approach by Vehicle or Helicopter across fields and jungle out of the question.
    I carried no mobile phone.
    The summer vegetation was so tall I could not be seen more than a few yards ahead.
    Now I think a Thames Police launch patrol ends at Twickenham and there is none further downriver.
    I would have been reassured spotting an inflatable Police dinghy cruising up and down at least.
    But no.
    No posters.No numbers for like Coastguard,nothing.
    If it was at night that an emergency occurred multiply all this difficulty times 100.
    It was at this point that the thought occurred to me in the still silence,"Crikey this is dangerous!"

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    My word ! Trees three hundred feet tall ! Those would be pinus silvestris specsaveritis then. And inflatable Police, too. Presumably instead of lifejackets.
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Hogwash View Post
    PS I first became aware of the precarious situation of Emergency Services or lack therefof
    along The Thames Footpath when walking the Thames Path.
    At one point I found myself in thick jungle with trees 300'tall
    about 3 and a half miles from any other human being.
    I was bound in by an uncrossable barbed wire fence on one side and the river on the other.
    A narrow path about half a mile long.
    The surrounding vegetation made approach by Vehicle or Helicopter across fields and jungle out of the question.
    I carried no mobile phone.
    The summer vegetation was so tall I could not be seen more than a few yards ahead.
    Now I think a Thames Police launch patrol ends at Twickenham and there is none further downriver.
    I would have been reassured spotting an inflatable Police dinghy cruising up and down at least.
    But no.
    No posters.No numbers for like Coastguard,nothing.
    If it was at night that an emergency occurred multiply all this difficulty times 100.
    It was at this point that the thought occurred to me in the still silence,"Crikey this is dangerous!"
    Wow! Just imagine-had something bad happened, your white bones, picked clean by scavengers, might have been found when the vegetation died back.

    We would not have had the benefit of future posts from you...............................

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Anybody tell me where to get a magnet that works with non ferrous materials such as lead and brass ?
    There is probably a Nobel prize somewhere in there for whoever discovered that interesting new material.
    Something discovered in CERN perhaps.
    Last edited by oldgit; 20-10-18 at 09:04.

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgit View Post
    Anybody tell me where to get a magnet that works with non ferrous materials such as lead and brass ?
    There is probably a Nobel prize somewhere in there for whoever discovered that interesting new material.
    Something discovered in CERN perhaps.
    I believe the Pie Keys often use lead magnets on Church`s

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    I once got a canal boat caught on a submerged shopping trolley, I would have been very grateful to the magnet fishers who might have prevented this from happening!!!

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Murv of this parish decided to go up to Maidstone with a recently purchased Tub 36.
    With some skill and persistance he managed to collect something round his prop.
    Later,popping his boat on the club drying blocks in order to investigate an interesting clonk clock sound, a short length of what was obviously shopping trolley remained wrapped round the the shaft.
    The prop had simply chopped the trolley into small manageable bits.
    The only damage was to a very non functioning rope cutter.

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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Hogwash View Post
    I carried no mobile phone.
    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Hogwash View Post
    No numbers for like Coastguard,nothing.
    999 and ask for Coastguard, however, I'm not convinced they serve the upper Thames. Either way a mobile would be a good idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Hogwash View Post
    Now I think a Thames Police launch patrol ends at Twickenham and there is none further downriver.
    Downriver of Twickenham is Wapping, where they have a base with multiple vessels.

  10. #10
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    Default Re: The Dangers of Magnet Fishing and Thames Policing

    Thing is if some magnet fisher dredges up a Heinkel Bomb or something
    like that the whole river stretch has to be closed whilst they sort it out.
    Plus they may need to dive to see if there is further danger.
    That could take weeks.
    In fact one wonders how safe sailing along the Thames actually is.
    Who knows what kind of ordinance got dropped or dumped there during WW2?

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