Fisho rescued

 Heard on the radio about a fisho that was rescued last night at around 10:30 clinging to the hull of his upturned boat after setting off his epirb . Shows the importance of having one handy to just grab. Very lucky 


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would love to hear the whole story!

Mon, 2019-10-28 13:59

 Would love to hear the whole story!

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Mon, 2019-10-28 14:54

 He had the gear on board


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And they would have been looking MUCH earlier

Mon, 2019-10-28 16:23

If he had radioed in and logged the trip, when oh when will they learn? 

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Mon, 2019-10-28 21:20

 Such a simple thing that takes about a minute, and can cut hours off response time as well as narrow down search area dramatically.




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 Pretty awesome footage of

Mon, 2019-10-28 16:26

 Pretty awesome footage of him being rescued.


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Logging On

Mon, 2019-10-28 16:32

 He was due back at dinner time so why did someone not raise the alarm when he did not return.

Just shows the importnance of logging on with local sea rescue. Marine Rescue Whitfords would have been calling him after being 15 minutes overdue and had a vessel out there after 30 minutes.



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Had to dive under the

Mon, 2019-10-28 21:25

Had to dive under the upturned boat to retrieve the epirb aswell, hell of an experience in the dark in itself..


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Agree very

Mon, 2019-10-28 21:42

Lucky. Makes you sit back and think.

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Time to change location of epirb

Tue, 2019-10-29 06:17

after thinking a bit about the location of my epirb ,which is currently located between my seat and the side of the boat and how this may be a bit hard to recover in the case of the boat becoming inverted, I think this weekend I’ll move it to a more easily accessible position.

the current position keeps it out of the weather but to recover it might bea bit of a hassle in rough weather and at night. 

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Safety Bag.

Tue, 2019-10-29 07:33

I have a Safety Bag hanging over the back of the seat ready to go. Easy to slip off and take or fall off and float. It contains Flares, EPIRB, Light, Spare Inflatable Life Jacket, Whistle, Green Die, Mirror and a peice of Rope about 1 1/2 mters long with knots in the ends so crew can hang on to and not get seperated, (just in case). The bag also floats. Probably an over kill but hope to never have to use it. I also wear an inflatable life jacket at all times on the boat as do my crew.


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float away?

Tue, 2019-10-29 07:40

 Hey Deckie - I do something similar, such that everything  is ready to go in the open. We were talking about this last night, and the question was posed about whether having it out in the open just means that if the worst did happen, and the boat went over, that there is a greater risk that the pack with all the gear in it, floats off into the distance - I can only imaginge that if something goes wrong enough to capsize, that there must be a period of panic and loosing your bearings for a while - in that time, I could see the "accessible safety pack" floating off. Any thoughts? I'm now a bit torn between the floating out to the surface idea (current plan), and securing the safety pack idea (which has the obvious issues of how do you access the gear if the boat is upside down)...

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 That is something I have

Tue, 2019-10-29 08:28

 That is something I have thought about. Try a large hand line spool with around 100 more of cord fixed to the boat but can run freely then tied to the bag. Even if the boat goes down the bag will float with the cord running off the spool . 


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My EPIRB is just behind the

Tue, 2019-10-29 10:49

My EPIRB is just behind the passenger seat on the gunwale and I also carry a PLB in my pocket at all time unless we're doing peggies off the boat obviously. My safety bag with flares and beacon light is wrapped around the leg of my removeable bait board which takes a second to flip out of the holders and when I go solo or with the kids I wear my Crewsaver autoinflate jacket with a handheld VHF clipped to the back of my pants. I have also installed a MOB+ auto killswitch.

I've tried to cover most bases as I do enjoy a solo run from time to time and I view taking the kids out as a solo run but am slowly teaching my boys 9 and 7 to start and manouvre the boat and to use the radio to call for help and the plotter to provide the coordinates.

I'm also conservative on my return time when I log on and set my alarm to call back in to extend my ETA or as a reminder to log off. I forgot once and had an angry Rae (and rightly so) calling me at the Dunsborough holiday house which was very embarrasing.


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These type of incidents

Tue, 2019-10-29 10:03

Get you thinking about is my safety set up practical and the best way to have it.

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I'm rather interested in what

Tue, 2019-10-29 10:21

I'm rather interested in what he was fishing for.



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Come on guys....use your radio

Tue, 2019-10-29 10:28

That is the first and best step to ensure early response particularly for cray fisherpersons fishing close to reefs or pulling pots in any sort of swell, that is so often when things go wrong.

 Sea Rescue will be out looking for you very soon after you become overdue.

This guy was lucky FULL STOP

.... Grab bags, floating flare containers and gps enabled Epirbs enhance your chances but all boaties need to recognise the fact that they may not be able to locate them in a capsize. 


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 Does anyone know what size

Tue, 2019-10-29 13:24

 Does anyone know what size or make the boat was? From the video clip it looks like it had a bow pulpit which are usually on bigger trailer boats ??


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