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Old 12-01-2017, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Oil Rig Emergency help

Just a question/conversation piece..... Are oil rig personnel able to help during an emergency? What extent of emergency? For instance, say my gaff rips thru a fish and into my buddys leg? Into his stomach? Its my understanding they wont help you, unless you get on the rig yourself(which your not suppose to do)--They wont throw you overboard?.........What about mechanical/boat issues? Interested in what people have to say. Have a great weekend!
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back in the at when I worked offshore (on a boat) we rendered assistance when requested and had permission from the company that hired us. fuel, supplies, etc. never had an emergency medial request but cannot imagine turning our collective back on someone in need.
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it has been awhile back but out fishing one day my dad got thrown around pretty good, they lower 2 guys, medics down to the boat to check him out. about a year ago friend of mine boat was taking on water and i think hey was able to get some fitting and such for a pump so they could make it back home
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Hornbeck let 5-6 drown in a crash on the icw 15 years ago😡
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:05 PM   #5
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Depends on the captain of the rig at the time.
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Back when I was a SAR controller, they partnered with us to assist people frequently.
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they monitor channel 16, several years ago rig I was talking to get the supply boat to assist.... yeah, they will help if they can..... IMO
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:23 PM   #8
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I had to fly a dead body ashore from a rig after they had tried to render assistance during a fishing tournament. They had a medic and the defib machines, so I guess they volunteered assistance.

This wasn’t that long ago.

I think they help out where they can. I certainly have them worked into various versions of life or death scenarios I’ve run through my head. I don’t want to have to rely on them, but working (in my day job) with most of the rigs I fish off of, I kind of feel like I’d at least know how to talk to the guys.
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:08 PM   #9
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I've heard more than one story of rigs rendering medical assistance to critically injured guys out fishing. One in particular was a heart attack in which the guy passed.
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Approx. 15 years ago I had a barracuda bury a treble hook from a Mann Stretch 30 into my wrist out at MP259A. I had to pull it out because the other end was in the fish and it was going crazy. Long story short, I was bleeding badly and thought I might have gotten into my artery.

I stepped off onto the rig and climbed the stairs all the way to the top, knocked on the trailer door and the guys inside were all very helpful. They were all trained medics and said that the hook missed the artery by about 3mm. They patched me up and I got back on the boat.

I asked for their names and addresses because I wanted to send them a thank-you for helping me out. They started to backpedal I think because they were worried about some kind of liability issues but eventually they gave me the info. I sent them all nice Seiko dive watches (I am in the jewelry business) but I never heard anything from them.
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:05 PM   #11
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I work offshore, and yes we will help in any way we can as long as it doesn't put the people on the rig in danger. A bit over a year ago we pulled three refugees out of the water, they had been floating awhile and were in bad shape, but they all lived and we got them to shore in a USCG chopper.
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We helped find and recover a rig worker that fell in the water one day, so I'd imagine they'd return the favor if given the chance. Unfortunately he didn't survive the fall.
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When I ran crew/supply boats (which I still do on occasion) of course I would help you if it was a medical emergency.

Mechanical/boat issue it would depend but generally yes.

If it was something minor like you are broke down or out of fuel, and the weather isn't life threatening, I might have to go do something and then come back for you later etc.

But generally yes you will be helped.

I would think you're more likely to get help from a crew/supply boat as they're are mobile and cover a lot of ground.

And fwiw to cover the mechanical aspect I'd join an organization like Sea Tow.
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:59 PM   #14
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If you've got a legitimate medical situation, of course they'll help. We're all people. We're all offshore. There is nobody to help but the others of us out there. I've worked in the Gulf oil patch for 8 years.
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I may be dreaming this, but aren't we all required to render assistance at sea if it doesn't put our own vessel/crew in jeopardy? Have a vague recollection of reading this in a Coast Guard Auxillary course I took way back.
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Awesome feedback gentleman. Ive always thought they would assist. With Corporate America-I was afraid of the whole...We dont want to be responsible crap. The rigs give you a sense of security...I was just wondering if it was a false security or not. Speaking of that. How many of you do the ole...I could swim to that one if I had to. Knowing no way in hell you can swim that far.
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I think one thing you can honestly count on them for is a relay for a vhf distress call. That’s easy for them. They can pick up the phone and call the coast guard. Or tow boat us or similar. If their management gets involved and let’s them help in other ways, then so be it.
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2 summers ago the sister drill ship i worked on received a distress call from a Center console stating a woman onboard was having a severe allergic reaction to a food. The captain ordered to launch the FRC (fast rescue craft) they went and got her and brought her aboard. She stabilized and the USCG helo came and got her.

I agree it depends on the Captain and the severity of the situation.
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I though all or most of the rigs were off limits, they did not want you around their space at all.
but that may go out the window in an emergency.

of course that is what someone trying to blow up the rig would say to get close enough
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I though all or most of the rigs were off limits, they did not want you around their space at all.
but that may go out the window in an emergency.

of course that is what someone trying to blow up the rig would say to get close enough
Define off limits? You can’t exactly climb on them without permission.

But fishing around them is totally acceptable
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