I suck at fishing this year and a rescue on the vhf

queenfish

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Nov 21, 2003
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wanted to put it on fishing reports, so for what it is worth:
Started late, hit LJ for nada, but great conditions. Clear clean 70 degree water, lots of bait down deep.
I blew it off at about 1 pm to go look around outside (then, naturally the New Seaforth killed the yellows in the afternoon there at LJ)

Ran out about 15 miles but got windy. Again, really nice conditions clear, clean water, 73+ temp. just not much happening. did pick up two small skipjack on the troll:

Here's the rescue part:
Heard a sailboat called "Let It Be" calling for help to the CG.
Female on the Let it Be stating that a 39 year old male had fallen overboard and from the side of the conversation that I could hear, she did not know how to turn the sailboat around, or wasn't able to at the time.
They had eyes on the "swimmer" for a while but lost him in the distance (Holy Shit would I have been panicked)
Luckily, one of the Tow boat companies (I think Tow boat US) out of Avalon was listening in an ran out there.
After a while, they found the guy and caught up to the sail boat. The CG sent a cutter to meet up with them too.
If anyone has more details, feel free to chime in. I just wanted to reinforce the notion that it can get hairy out there and am thankful for the Tow boat dudes.

Queenfish...............................out
 

hbouldin1216

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May 10, 2012
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Henry Bouldin
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Sailboats are a ton of fun when you're sailing well, but most cruisers have few (if any) other souls aboard who can actually handle the boat, let alone a rescue op. Hope whoever went overboard is ok
 

NewportMatt

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Matt Schubert
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wanted to put it on fishing reports, so for what it is worth:
Started late, hit LJ for nada, but great conditions. Clear clean 70 degree water, lots of bait down deep.
I blew it off at about 1 pm to go look around outside (then, naturally the New Seaforth killed the yellows in the afternoon there at LJ)

Ran out about 15 miles but got windy. Again, really nice conditions clear, clean water, 73+ temp. just not much happening. did pick up two small skipjack on the troll:

Here's the rescue part:
Heard a sailboat called "Let It Be" calling for help to the CG.
Female on the Let it Be stating that a 39 year old male had fallen overboard and from the side of the conversation that I could hear, she did not know how to turn the sailboat around, or wasn't able to at the time.
They had eyes on the "swimmer" for a while but lost him in the distance (Holy Shit would I have been panicked)
Luckily, one of the Tow boat companies (I think Tow boat US) out of Avalon was listening in an ran out there.
After a while, they found the guy and caught up to the sail boat. The CG sent a cutter to meet up with them too.
If anyone has more details, feel free to chime in. I just wanted to reinforce the notion that it can get hairy out there and am thankful for the Tow boat dudes.

Queenfish...............................out

Tow Boat US out of Avalon is a TOP NOTCH operation with some amazing captains running that outfit. Would not be surprised if they saved the day.

How hard is it to lower sails? People causing chaos with a MOB on a sunny SoCal day in 73 degree water drive me nuts. Bad on the captain! Takes maybe 5 minutes to teach the basics of boat operation in the case of incapacitation and/or MOB. All crew should have a clue if you are leaving the demarcation line. I am grateful for the boaters license requirement starting next year. I do hope it forces people to learn these basic safety requirements.
 

bajabills

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Apr 30, 2012
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Maybe it was on autopilot. So the helm wheel
didn't steer. Scary event for sure.
 
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Steve Francis

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Sep 11, 2006
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Big Props to Tow Boat Us - Avalon, or whatever tow boat company responded. Outstanding job guys.
 

Reel hip

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Scary chit
 

TowBoatUS

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Hi- I was the TowBoatUS dispatcher who was relaying for the rescue between TowboatUS Catalina and the USCG. Capt. Nathan Lins heard the mayday call and immediately headed into that direction. He arrived on-scene with the vessel hailing mayday, within 10 minutes of call, and the woman on board gave Nathan the GPS coordinates of where the man fell overboard. She took a picture of the GPS!! Nathan headed towards the GPS coordinates which was 1.5 miles away from the boat. Miraculously, Captain Lins was able to locate the gentleman even with the waves picking up. His head was barley above water and he was unable to swim to our towboat. Captain Nathan then threw him a seat cushion to hang on to while he could maneuver the towboat closer. When Captain Nathan was close enough, he pulled him aboard his vessel with pure adrenaline because he was exhausted and couldn't help bring himself aboard. Great job to our TowBoatUS Catalina Captain Nathan Lins for saving this mans life!
This is such a great opportunity to learn something positive from a possibly tragic situation. Make sure that your first mate and all other people aboard your vessel know how to operate your vessel in case of an emergency.
Cheers!
Heather Sheward
AVP Towing Department
BoatUS
 

apogee

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Let me chime in here..... One of my favorite scenarios for a MOB on a sailboat is the inability for the subject to regain access to the deck. Many times the subject ends up hanging on the side of the boat unable to muster enough strength to pull themselves over the rail (or even hurt and somewhat incapacitated) with the crew not being able to handle the dead weight bent over the side. This scenario happens, but there is an easy way to handle this scenario especially on a sailboat..... Ap
 

tunacraze

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Nov 27, 2006
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Let me chime in here..... One of my favorite scenarios for a MOB on a sailboat is the inability for the subject to regain access to the deck. Many times the subject ends up hanging on the side of the boat unable to muster enough strength to pull themselves over the rail (or even hurt and somewhat incapacitated) with the crew not being able to handle the dead weight bent over the side. This scenario happens, but there is an easy way to handle this scenario especially on a sailboat..... Ap
So, what is it?
 
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hbouldin1216

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May 10, 2012
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Let me chime in here..... One of my favorite scenarios for a MOB on a sailboat is the inability for the subject to regain access to the deck. Many times the subject ends up hanging on the side of the boat unable to muster enough strength to pull themselves over the rail (or even hurt and somewhat incapacitated) with the crew not being able to handle the dead weight bent over the side. This scenario happens, but there is an easy way to handle this scenario especially on a sailboat..... Ap
Boarding ladder? Dock hook between the legs? I've been fortunate to sail on several race boats with open transoms so MOB was reasonably easy the one time we had to execute it. Those boats don't have motors so we had to maneuver back and deploy a throwable. Once we got him to the transom it was easy to pull him in, especially since our captain required PFDs
 

apogee

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Oh yeah...Just take a line and tie it off to the opposite side of the boat from the victim. Take a length of the line and have it go over the side board of where the victim is located down by the cockpit. Have excess line in the water and terminate the line on a winch. Have the victim lie next to the hull parallel, not straight up and down and grab the middle of the line in the water having the line in between the victim and the hull, pulling the over the victim and back into the boat. The victim should now be cradled in the two loops of line created by this action. By pulling on the loop from inside the boat you have just created a 2nd class lever, and you can log roll the victim into the boat effectively reducing the load by half. If you not strong enough, have the apex of the loop go around a stantion or a loop of line and use the winch to crank the victim back into the boat. I have a ladder on the back of my boat but that does not do much for an incapacitated victim. Then there is the 'Fishermans Method"..........Use the gaff's..............Ap
 

marlyn

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Watched that stupid Baywatch remake movie last weekend and my favorite part was when the lifeguard kept asking the boat on fire for their location over and over,then a voice comes over the radio and says,'Our location is the Ocean Pinche gringa!'
 

SemperFi75

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Hi- I was the TowBoatUS dispatcher who was relaying for the rescue between TowboatUS Catalina and the USCG. Capt. Nathan Lins heard the mayday call and immediately headed into that direction. He arrived on-scene with the vessel hailing mayday, within 10 minutes of call, and the woman on board gave Nathan the GPS coordinates of where the man fell overboard. She took a picture of the GPS!! Nathan headed towards the GPS coordinates which was 1.5 miles away from the boat. Miraculously, Captain Lins was able to locate the gentleman even with the waves picking up. His head was barley above water and he was unable to swim to our towboat. Captain Nathan then threw him a seat cushion to hang on to while he could maneuver the towboat closer. When Captain Nathan was close enough, he pulled him aboard his vessel with pure adrenaline because he was exhausted and couldn't help bring himself aboard. Great job to our TowBoatUS Catalina Captain Nathan Lins for saving this mans life!
This is such a great opportunity to learn something positive from a possibly tragic situation. Make sure that your first mate and all other people aboard your vessel know how to operate your vessel in case of an emergency.
Cheers!
Heather Sheward
AVP Towing Department
BoatUS
Now about those life jackets you have stowed down below deck ...
 

cbadcrew

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Mar 1, 2008
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In CA, you have two choices for crew: a Russian tractor driver who can pull you on board or a hot blonde who makes a nice figurehead on the bow with a glass of merlot.....Hey, the positive side is she took a pic of the gps and not a selfie!
That she had Cel service & could send a pic was PURE........
 

queenfish

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Nov 21, 2003
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Heather, the reason i posted this was to see if some of the players eould chime in. I could usually only hear half of the conversation.
Thank you.
Please extend my sincere thanks and deep gratitude to Capt Lins for his heroic action.
TOW BOAT U.S. Rocks.
Mark
 

sushimi

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I've been a member of boat US for over a decade! wouldn't begin another fishing season without it. There were a few times when I really needed them and they were always there and went above and beyond!!! I can't say enough about those guys who run the boats and the service of vessel assist! Keep it up boat US!! We are fortunate to have you on our coast!
 
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Shewillbemine

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Oct 19, 2012
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Chips N Guac
Glad to hear they found the guy. He was lucky.

Every time I have brand new people on board, I go through a cheesy 5 minute lesson showing them how to turn the boat on and off, how to steer the boat, how to use the radio, where the ladder is and where the life jackets and flares are.
 
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bottomdweller

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Excellent work by BoatUS!! You dont suck at fishing... its the season that is to blame as fishing sucks in 2017 (too much bait in the channel), that's my excuse.