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    Default SNSM lifeboat lost

    Three SNSM crew members have been lost after their lifeboat capsized in appalling weather of Les Sables-d'Olonne.



    Full story at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48553351
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    Very brave people, very sad

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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    They were called out in answer to a fisherman distress signal (Epirb through Cross GrisNez), just a couple of miles from the port. The fisherman is currently missing (+ the fishing boat).
    Local friends are reporting a number of SAR helicopters flying all over the area.
    oh no, yet another sailing blog
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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    Seems the AZAB fleet missed a pasting then. Sad for the crew of the lifeboat though.

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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    Oh my, what a terrible outcome.

    The official report will make clear what on earth happened out there but inshore conditions in that region can be simply horrendous. 7.5m significant wave height in central Biscay right with max height of 10m. All hell would break loose if they shortened up.

    RIP to those three brave souls and deepest condolences to their families and loved ones
    Last edited by dom; 07-06-19 at 17:10.

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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    The official report will make clear what on earth happened out there but inshore conditions in that region can be simply horrendous. 7.5m significant wave height in central Biscay right with max height of 10m. All hell would break loose if they shortened up.
    Picture of them going out:



    (from http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-diver...19-8088792.php)
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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    A terrible tragedy.
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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    Very sad. I'm not a fisherman but I wouldn't want to go out if those conditions were forecast.

    RIP.

    Richard

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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    Quote Originally Posted by JumbleDuck View Post
    TV comment by the Mayor was:
    a lot of people watched them going out, one of the first set of breakers rolled them and smashed open the glasses in the cabin, the following breaking seas kept on filling the boat with water, then she began listing more and more until eventually capsized.
    Just a statement, not a formal investigation result.
    oh no, yet another sailing blog
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    Default Re: SNSM lifeboat lost

    They needed a 7 class RNIL lifeboat.

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