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Old 05-30-2018, 02:18 PM
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We were part of a rescue recently. The guys at fast response did a great job!

What would you have done?

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Old 05-30-2018, 02:42 PM
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Thanks for helping a fellow boater!
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No problem. We were filming and decided it was better to call in Fast Response as I could seem them in the distance, rather than get in the mix and make things worse. Or even damage my boat trying to get too close...
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I would of done just like i free line mullet in the cut.Pull up and float alongside the guy in the current instead of fighting it.
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Never pull a victim into the current unless it is life and death. Let him float out and rescue while floating alongside.
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A few years back I rescued a couple treading water in Clearwater Pass. Outgoing tide was ripping and they couldn't make it back to the shoreline. Threw out a buoy on a 25' mooring line and a couple other mooring lines off my bow. They luckily grabbed them and held on until another flats boat came by and took them to shore. I doubt they would of lasted another minute or two, they were exhausted.
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
Never pull a victim into the current unless it is life and death. Let him float out and rescue while floating alongside.
Good call. I believe before he grabbed the rope, he was clinging to the barnacle covered pilings. He was covered in blood. So that boat tried to pull him off it... without risking getting too close.

The current absolutely rips in there.
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Seems like the proline would have done a lot better if they drug the guy into the channel away from.the bridge fenders and floated up next to him vs sitting there dragging him in that current.
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Great handling skills by RIB skipper to keep the boat straight and in place in that current.
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
Seems like the proline would have done a lot better if they drug the guy into the channel away from.the bridge fenders and floated up next to him vs sitting there dragging him in that current.
This is exactly what one of my brother has extensive training in. He told me that even a "Great swimmer" will lose muscular control VERY quickly constantly fighting the current and may not even be able to hold onto a rope if thrown to him/her. You'd be very surprised how differently things have to be done as each minute passes that the person is in the water. While water temp makes a huge difference, there are many factors that must be dealt with in one of these rescue's and all are different.

Great job OP.......The good lord surely shinned upon you guys that day!
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Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post
Great handling skills by RIB skipper to keep the boat straight and in place in that current.
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Thanks for doing your part to help. You may have saved his life. My first thought when I saw him hanging on to the type 4 was to put a clip or zip a wearable around the line and float it back to him. He could obviously swim, so he could take the wearable and float away with it while you repositioned. It's easy from the sofa to say what we would have done. You did what it took, and it worked, and that is all that matters. Good onya!
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What the heck do you guys troll live people for? You have some very nasty and big fish out there!

geab dude by both arms, fall back into the boat to hoist the victim over the rail.

I bet bet that dude showed some serious appreciation for the kind deed.
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What the heck do you guys troll live people for? You have some very nasty and big fish out there!

geab dude by both arms, fall back into the boat to hoist the victim over the rail.

I bet bet that dude showed some serious appreciation for the kind deed.
Yes- ‘grab dude by both arms, fall back into the boat to hoist the victim over the rail.’ The rib would have been perfect for that move. I was surprised that that didn’t happen. But that guy had great boat skills.
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I won't fault anyone for doing what they did in the heat of the moment. They got the job done so that's what is most important. Sitting here typing this, it's easy to see (and say) that was wrong or they should have done this.

I don't like to be an armchair quarterback but since you asked "what would you have done?", here goes. Get a line with a flotation device to the guy. Move him away from the obstacle. Let the boat drift with the current while hauling the guy to the boat. If I couldn't get him in my boat, I think maybe rig a sling around him to at least secure him until help arrived.
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dude lived so that is #1 right there everything else is something to learn from if it unfortunately happens again in the future....but the dude lived so you did well
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Several years ago I was out on an early May fishing day and happened to see a boat anchored in a big rip. I wondered to myself why they would be anchored there and could see them fishing. Not the best spot. Anyway the rip was runn8ng hard and their boat had a low transom. I looked down for a moment and when I looked up again the boat was sinking after taking a large wave over the transom. I immediately notified the Coast Guard and went straight to where the two men were in the water. Water temp was in the low fifties. I threw them both a floating cushion and then helped the first into my boat . The second was an older man and he was unable to get up over my gunnel. We held on to him and thankfully a smaller boat came out of the inlet.He was able to get the older man into his boat. Within a few minutes the Coast Guard arrived and took them both aboard.
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That current was RIPPING thru there... holy jeez !
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Another thing if you let him drift back into the inlet with a life jacket, you risk him being run over. The inlet is very narrow and it was a weekend, so tons of boats going in and out at high speeds... He was obviously exhausted as well and pretty beat up.
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