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Old 06-21-2014, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Relayed communications for Sea Tow today.

Before I begin. Gammer police go to next trend, thank you.

I was trolling around 3 barges today when I hear a hail for Sea Tow. The vessel's name was Bring Um Up.(BUU)
Seatow does not respond. Then Bring Um Up hails any vessel.
I respond and surprisingly he hears me.
He ask me to relay message to Seatow.
Sure, I hail Seatow base and they respond. After switching to 8 BUU tells me he is at the edge broke down.
His voice is perfectly calm.
I ask for lat. only I have no way to write it down. First and second mistake on my part. I should have had him relay lat. and long. Just in case his radio died.
I should have had my phone ready to dial numbers.
Seatow hears his lat. and ask for long. I'm not sure if BUU could hear anything I relay again.
He reads his long. And advise he is drifting.
Guy is calm as a cucumber.
Seatow tells me they have coordinates. What a relief!
Seatow ask how many souls on board?
BUU " 2 me and my 10 year old son"
Wow!
Seatow ask me to stay on 8 and relay.
BUU advise he has secured anchor and is no longer drifting. He relays up dated coordinate. Never a change in the tone of his voice unbelievably calm.
As they switch him back to 16 i stay tuned.
About 15 minutes later he hails Seatow and advises them he cleaned his battery connections and is under way.

Staying calm is key.
When you listen to 16 you can hear the fear in people's voices.

This reminded me of the time I was 23 miles out of Port Canaveral trolling on Pelican Flats.. By myself There was a storm coming up and I knew I could out run it. So I keep fishing till the last minute. You know when that cold wind hits you and you know you need to be somewhere else.
I nail it and bang something is bad wrong with the Merc. 140 hp inboard. I hail the trawler I was teaming with earlier and I am sure I must have sounded scared to death.
They are at least 2 hours away. I tell them turn around.
As I pull the motor cover I know I am in for a pounding at best.
As I study the motor I notice half a spark plug hanging in a spark plug wire.
I grab the spare and do a quick change as the wind and waves are building
I nail the throttle she jumps on top. I hail the trawler to turn around. 5 minutes later I am safely ahead of the squall line.

Sorry for the long read, but if you made it this far.
Read this

" When your car (boat) breaks down its easy for me to work on it! Because I am not emotionally involved. I've got a ride home!"

Props to the Capt. Of BUU.
I hope I can sound that calm next time.
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:21 AM   #2
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Yep staying calm is probably the most important thing, espically with a 10 year old on board nothing worse than a broke down boat with a worried child on board. It happens to everyone at some point, don't go balistic as soon as a problem arises its up to the captain to keep everyone calm and at least sound collected. 99% of the time it will be fine in the end and every thing works out.
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Nice report. I agree the captain can make or break the situation.
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You did a great thing Jet! Thanks for taking time to watch out for a fellow boater!
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Before I begin. Gammer police go to next trend, thank you.

I was trolling around 3 barges today when I hear a hail for Sea Tow. The vessel's name was Bring Um Up.(BUU)
Seatow does not respond. Then Bring Um Up hails any vessel.
I respond and surprisingly he hears me.
He ask me to relay message to Seatow.
Sure, I hail Seatow base and they respond. After switching to 8 BUU tells me he is at the edge broke down.
His voice is perfectly calm.
I ask for lat. only I have no way to write it down. First and second mistake on my part. I should have had him relay lat. and long. Just in case his radio died.
I should have had my phone ready to dial numbers.
Seatow hears his lat. and ask for long. I'm not sure if BUU could hear anything I relay again.
He reads his long. And advise he is drifting.
Guy is calm as a cucumber.
Seatow tells me they have coordinates. What a relief!
Seatow ask how many souls on board?
BUU " 2 me and my 10 year old son"
Wow!
Seatow ask me to stay on 8 and relay.
BUU advise he has secured anchor and is no longer drifting. He relays up dated coordinate. Never a change in the tone of his voice unbelievably calm.
As they switch him back to 16 i stay tuned.
About 15 minutes later he hails Seatow and advises them he cleaned his battery connections and is under way.

Staying calm is key.
When you listen to 16 you can hear the fear in people's voices.

This reminded me of the time I was 23 miles out of Port Canaveral trolling on Pelican Flats.. By myself There was a storm coming up and I knew I could out run it. So I keep fishing till the last minute. You know when that cold wind hits you and you know you need to be somewhere else.
I nail it and bang something is bad wrong with the Merc. 140 hp inboard. I hail the trawler I was teaming with earlier and I am sure I must have sounded scared to death.
They are at least 2 hours away. I tell them turn around.
As I pull the motor cover I know I am in for a pounding at best.
As I study the motor I notice half a spark plug hanging in a spark plug wire.
I grab the spare and do a quick change as the wind and waves are building
I nail the throttle she jumps on top. I hail the trawler to turn around. 5 minutes later I am safely ahead of the squall line.

Sorry for the long read, but if you made it this far.
Read this

" When your car (boat) breaks down its easy for me to work on it! Because I am not emotionally involved. I've got a ride home!"

Props to the Capt. Of BUU.
I hope I can sound that calm next time.

Thank you so much!! Because our high site is so high, we pick up a lot of radio traffic. When a customer is way offshore on a busy weekend they are stepped on by other vessels talking on 16 that are much closer to the tower. You really helped us out today!!

Capt John Ward
Sea Tow Destin/Pensacola/Orange Beach
850-492-5070

www.seatow.com
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Good job Jet fishin!! We need to look out for each other and lend a hand when possible. Glad it worked out for all. You’re exactly right staying calm is extremely important. Reminds me of what the instructors used to say when I was going through the old USMC Water Safety Survival Instructor Course now the Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival Course; drowning is 90% mental and 10% physical. It really is true. If you panic you’re done if you stay calm you have a fighting chance.
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