As­sist­ing other seafear­ers in bother

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

In his April 2018 ‘View From The Helm’, Theo Stocker wrote about of­fer­ing as­sis­tance to oth­ers in dis­tress. I re­cently saw this in ac­tion while an­chored in New­town River on the Isle of Wight.

A Tri­dent 24 was drag­ging its an­chor and on a course to pass close to my boat. I de­cided I would grab the shrouds to se­cure it along­side and ar­ranged suit­able fend­ers and warps.

But an­other Tri­dent skip­per an­chored nearby de­cided to board the er­rant craft to re­set the an­chor. He quickly started the en­gine but found it too dif­fi­cult to re­cover the an­chor. A fur­ther skip­per, pass­ing in his dinghy, of­fered to helm.

Un­for­tu­nately, once the an­chor was raised the helm was con­fused by the tran­som­mounted throt­tle and in­stead of re­vers­ing away from my boat ended up ‘T-bon­ing’ it. Once the way­ward yacht was se­cured along­side, the helm of­fered to pay for the dam­age; an of­fer re­fused as he had been do­ing his best in an un­usual sit­u­a­tion.

Luck­ily, the dam­age in­flicted on my hull by the Tri­dent’s bow roller won’t stop me en­joy­ing the rest of the sea­son, and it is to be hoped the helm won’t be put off from of­fer­ing his help in any fu­ture in­ci­dents. Richard Stone

A dragged an­chor led to a col­li­sion

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