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Mother Nature has no master.

Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby Matt.A » 01 May 2014, 14:34

To all kayak blokes, I'd carry flares on you at all times. As Jay said, the coast guard struggled to see his red flag, a orange smoke flare would show your position flawlessly even from several kilometers away. Good that your all safe, would have been scary for sure. Did you end up going in the drink or did you remain upright?
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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby riv » 01 May 2014, 15:04

Somewhere Offshore wrote:I recently found myself in a dangerous situation and thought it was about time I wrote it up, with a little help from Johhnie Blue over ice.


Im glad to hear you are all ok and thanks for sharing.

However in the future please do not put ice in your Johnnie Blue invest in some scotch rocks they will be your new best friend.

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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby vikodin » 01 May 2014, 16:37

Thanks for sharing your experience Jay :thumbsup:
You now won't be the only one that learns some valuable lessons from this.

I used to push the conditions to get out more often on the bay, I'd look at forecasts and work out timing of wind changes or wind speeds to the tee.
But after time and a couple of personal close calls I've now gone to being very conservative, basically my way of thinking for the bay is if its over 10knots and I have the urge to still fish that bad I go land based.
I found anything over 10kts, you get wet, you drift to fast, making it hard work and most of all its not fun.
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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby sawtell » 01 May 2014, 16:51

Woweee.
Full on!
A chopper as well. :shock:

I'm curious, hope it's not to soon to ask and I don't mean to be sound disrespectful or sometning.
But was there a charge for the rescue by the coast guard?
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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby Somewhere 'Offshore' » 01 May 2014, 18:47

Matt.A wrote:...Did you end up going in the drink or did you remain upright?

I was adamant I was going to end up in the water eventually. I made that very clear on the call to 000 - hence why the chopper came Im guessing.
I managed to stay aboard, just. luckily I have some experience under my pfd, If it was in my first year yakn I would have been in a completely different shituation.

sawtell wrote:Woweee.
Full on!
A chopper as well. :shock:

I'm curious, hope it's not to soon to ask and I don't mean to be sound disrespectful or sometning.
But was there a charge for the rescue by the coast guard?


Nah, not disrespectful at all mate.
I assumed there would have been a cost involved myself.
Turns out if its a genuine rescue, that dosent involve negligence its free. - and thats what this was.
The tug is the drug~

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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby Somewhere 'Offshore' » 01 May 2014, 18:57

vikodin wrote:Thanks for sharing your experience Jay :thumbsup:
You now won't be the only one that learns some valuable lessons from this.

Cheers.
Honestly I have been quite hesitant about putting it up.
Im glad I have, for that exact reason.
The tug is the drug~

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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby RayS » 01 May 2014, 19:17

That must have been some experience Jay. And cudos to you for the post. There's a great lesson there for all of us. As you said, Mother Nature has no master. Bloody glad it came out the way it did for you mate.
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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby Justo » 01 May 2014, 19:29

Fascinating post, I've read it three times. Thanks for having the guts to put it up.
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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby Finchley » 01 May 2014, 20:22

My dad had motor issues in his tinny and needed the coast guard. There was no charge, but he was encouraged to give a donation (which he did, of course) :thumbsup:
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Re: Mother Nature has no master.

Postby shane » 01 May 2014, 22:05

Thanks for posting your experience Jay. The value to other yakkers will be invaluable long after the initial embarrassment has faded.

Your call to go straight for 000 and the coastguard seems like a good one in the circumstances. I carry an epirb, flares, VHF, phone, light and whistle but sometimes think I'd be at risk of not making the right call of which one to go to in an emergency. It's good to be reminded that if the situations bad enough to need help then its better to go all out. :up:
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