Four rescued off Darwin

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by dannett » Thu May 26, 2016 2:03 pm

Matt Flynn wrote:If you had stringent licensing for having babies, most of this other stuff would sort itself out ...
Most of everything would be sorted out.



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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by CharFin » Thu May 26, 2016 8:34 pm

This is another story of amazing survival, luck (both types) and effort . Amazing skill and effort to keep your head and find them, rather than thinking they got going again or a tow. A few things of interest and information:

- Large vessels are tracked through their AIS which can be viewed in real time on www.marinetraffic.com. This includes GPS coordinates, speed, time, direction and they have a history track. It was pretty easy to see what vessels went past CP on Saturday night.
-The Ports Harbour Control tracks all vessels through radar and AIS.
-fibreglass boats don't show up real well on radar, can be intermittent blips I believe. (didn't know that untill the other day)
- port has fangdangle fixed cameras, yes ... if you take a leak they can see your weiner from kms away....even yours!
-port authorities harbour control can be contacted on VHF 10 or (VHF 16 emergency). In emergencies they can contact police or divert/send a vessel.
- The port pilot boat has fangdangle cameras- nightvision, infrared, etc which are useful in search and rescue.
-im not referring to this incident but If you are broken down in a shipping channel it would be wise to call harbour control and they will advise larger vessels to avoid you. Shipping channels cover a lot of the main harbour, east arm and middle arm. (it's illegal to anchor in, heard the water police contacting Harbour Control over the radio the other week if there were any rec boats anchored in the channel so they could go deal with them)
- Large vessels may have a 200+ metre blind spot in front of them , they don't stop real quick and can't deviate out of the channel too far or they will hit the bottom. Many years ago in a mine I worked at , a rule was if it's bigger than you get out of its way. Don't rely on others for self preservation.

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by theodosius » Thu May 26, 2016 8:50 pm

Well done Jeffish

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by Matt Flynn » Fri May 27, 2016 7:55 am

Since no one drowned ... a joke.

My deckie died the other day.
At his funeral, we placed a lifejacket on his coffin.
It's what he would have wanted ...

(Too early Jeff?)

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by jeffish » Fri May 27, 2016 8:02 am

seek help Matt :lolpoint:

Almost as bad as me asking the lads if they wanted a lift. :shock:

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by rumluck » Fri May 27, 2016 11:07 am

So instead of calling for someone to license us, why dont we organise a few education nights through AFANT, fishing clubs, boat clubs, etc come down for a bbq feed and hear people talk about basic boating/radio rules, etiquette, bag limits, no go zones. I for one would love more info on vhf use.

Well done Jeffish, i dunno if I'd have found them as quick as you, nor known who and how to contact the rescue boat.

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by steve29 » Fri May 27, 2016 12:50 pm

Well done buddy lucky you know these waters well enough to be so quick. Imagine if it had of been someone else in the dark could have been different result hats off to you buddy. Now can you come rescue me from these bl..dy donuts im getting well done bud

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by FTRAINED » Fri May 27, 2016 2:16 pm

Bowen tragedy on Wednesday is an example of a collision not ending as well as this case.

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/ne ... 11414eef42

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensl ... p4h94.html

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by mac10 » Fri May 27, 2016 3:01 pm

Good work Jeff, I hope someone like you are about if/when it goes belly up for me. I better head out to Spot Something-or-other tomorrow night and make some golden sacrifices to the gods that helped out in the rescue....

Glad to hear all ended well and hopefully the rogue operators will be prosecuted.
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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by cuddlescooper » Fri May 27, 2016 9:03 pm

It all ended well but just imagine that it was a boat that hadn,t called for assistance from jeff ahead of the accident. No body would have even known they were missing. 50 things have gone right for these lads to still be here...........thankfully!

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by cuddlescooper » Fri May 27, 2016 9:11 pm

jabsy wrote:
slug wrote:I'm struggling to see the correlation between boat/skipper licensing & people displaying lights or not ????
Without licencing and therefore proper training, many people may simply be not aware of their lawful requirements. Unfortunately being aware will never replace stupid or ignorant. We need to rely on natural selection for that.

I have a boat licence from another state. I needed to study a handbook and then perform a written exam to gain it. It cost me between 10 and 20 bucks, and I have it for life. Surely thats not too much for people to have to deal with up here? The more I go out, the more I realise some kind of licencing and training is needed.

Those clowns who will whinge about their territory lifestyle being impeded, well they wont have one to worry about it when my 6 metre plate boat slaps into their unlit 3.7m tinny at 20 knots.
Just out of curiosity, have you ever turned some of that christmas tree of lights off at night while you travell? You may have seen the port and starboard light of the other vessel that you nearly hit. Your night vision would be nothing because of all the glare in your face. I black my boat out while im travelling so i can see whats around. Even console gauges effect the night vision. ::

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by nomad » Fri May 27, 2016 10:10 pm

Spot on cuddles. I now have a spotlight on the bow dont care if it's legit. So moch stuff in the water up here.

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by nomad » Fri May 27, 2016 10:13 pm

rumluck wrote:So instead of calling for someone to license us, why dont we organise a few education nights through AFANT, fishing clubs, boat clubs, etc come down for a bbq feed and hear people talk about basic boating/radio rules, etiquette, bag limits, no go zones. I for one would love more info on vhf use.

Well done Jeffish, i dunno if I'd have found them as quick as you, nor known who and how to contact the rescue boat.
So the things you mentioned are covered ( or used to be) when you get a licence
I know that you can get a licence in 1/2 a day in tassie. Unfortunately


Im going to call jeffish everytime i go out now. :clap:

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by FTRAINED » Fri May 27, 2016 11:12 pm

I received my QLD marine licence in the mail today from a course a few weeks ago (living in QLD in near future). There were 2 options, 1 day face to face course including lessons and theory/practical testing or do online lessons followed by testing. Embarrassing to admit that I enjoyed the online lessons and learnt a bit at the same time. Heaps of short clips, 95% were filmed recently including a few from the guys at Caloundra Marine. Best online learning I've done, as it was blokes talking about boats, navigation etc in plain english with no BS.

I can recommend Allstate Boat Licensing if anyone is interested: http://www.boatlicensing.com.au/online- ... nce-course

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Re: Four rescued off Darwin

Post by jabsy » Sat May 28, 2016 8:37 am

cuddlescooper wrote: Just out of curiosity, have you ever turned some of that christmas tree of lights off at night while you travell? You may have seen the port and starboard light of the other vessel that you nearly hit. Your night vision would be nothing because of all the glare in your face. I black my boat out while im travelling so i can see whats around. Even console gauges effect the night vision. ::

Of course..... The only lights on when underway are the nav lights at the front, the anchor light is on the transom so well out of the way. I hardly ever have the spotties on.

I didn't see the nav lights as I came up behind the other boat, i didn't approach it from the front or side.

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