Assisting other seafearers in bother
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