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Old 12-17-2010, 09:27 AM
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I saw some info on another thread about how to do it and thought this might help. If you get in trouble, just remember the signal.

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Old 12-17-2010, 05:10 PM
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I realize this was meant for humor. I was an operational CG auxiliarist for 2 yrs, before Sea Tow and BOATTOW US, etc. I have documented 256 "assists" (Our jargon for rescue, tow, etc). I can only remember of 2 using the proper hand jesture, which is: Outstretched arms and make look like you are trying to fly, but a bit slower.
A few were by radio, but most were upon discovery. So, in line with that thought, let me give y'all the Florida-uneducated-in-boating signals:
1. out stretched hand, hitchhiker style
2. Out streched hand, like hailing a taxi
3. guy standing in his engine room, hatch up, and holding up lartge wrench
4. Boat with occupants, 10 miles ofshore, anchored. All are fishing. They wave as I pass about 200 yards out. I wave back. then they start waving vigorously, then I said to my guests aboard, "Oh, s**t, we got another 10 mile tow. Engine disabled.
5. A guy standing in a 16' runabout, offshore seemingly at anchor, waving a blue towel. Seems the CG had been searching for him for 4 hours, on the gulf side of the keys (where he told his wife he was going fishing) and I found him on the atlantic side, 5 miles out. When i brought him back to his dock, the CG had a reception committee. They got real interested when the poor guy gave back the lifejackets I loaned him for the tow back. Thats when I left.
6. Guy an girl in a pontoon boat tied to the shore. I stopped to advise against it, because wakes would put the boat ahore or into a tree. He said out of gas. Take them in tow, guy closes front gate of pontoon boat and jumps the girl's bones.....
7.Guy yelling at me and holding up CB mic. ( I have not ever had one in any boat)
8. 2 guys tring to paddle a 28' boat, offshore

Guys, the best thing you can do is to teach someone aboard as to how to use the VHF radio. Had one where a guy cut an artery in 3' seas trying to rig a bait. Wife did not know how to use the radio. This became a discovery assist, as we were fishing in that area, and she was yelling at us to help.
I butterflyed his arm, and wrapped it in a bandage, while my crew called it in.

I "ruined" many a pleasure fishing trip to circumvent darwin nominees. However, I'd do it again.
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Kap, definitely in jest. You would think maybe instruction would not be needed to a point but we have all heard the stories of someone getting in trouble and calling..."Mayday, Mayday, we're sinking." USCG - What is your location? "Offshore..." That type of thing.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
Kap, definitely in jest. You would think maybe instruction would not be needed to a point but we have all heard the stories of someone getting in trouble and calling..."Mayday, Mayday, we're sinking." USCG - What is your location? "Offshore..." That type of thing.
From an auxiliarist in Tampa:
A vesel was broke down and needed help. He was asked his position by the CG radio operator.
His reply:
" I am the Vice President of XXXXXX, but I don't know what that has to do with it..."

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