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SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby spottymac » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:21 pm

I am the luckiest man alive, after being run down by a 38m Mariner Flybridge doing over 20 knots on its way from Sydney to the Gold Coast on Friday at SWR,
We had just finished watching Couta hook up on a good size fish at about 1km out from the Jail House, we were on the way back in from out wide.
Grant pointed out to me a boat approaching on my left from the south,
We turned to left to run parallel to it thinking there would be plenty of room between us
Grant Ashwell was 20m behind me and Steven [Couta] was another 20m behind Grant,
When It was about 100m out from us we new it was traveling very fast and a lot closer that we would have liked, but still room to miss us by about 30m and of course he would see us and turn away any minute now,
Then all of a sudden it turned in on me it was only 30m away at this stage,
Holy Shit this thing is coming straight for me,
I could see the skipper in the Flybridge with his head down he didn't see us,
Grant was yelling from behind look out he can't see us,
Then it dawned on me I was going to die any seconds now,
Then just before the impact I rolled to the left out of the Kayak, it was instinct,
We hit head on,
I could feel myself shoot straight under the boat thinking the props are going to get me any second now, then bang It was like I was in a big washing machine and then I popped up,
The first thing I did was looked down to see if I was all there, I couldn't believe my luck
I looked over to see my yak which had a big holes carved in it from the prop but was still floating at one end so hung on until they picked me up,
The skipper offered me a change of cloths, food, water, beer,he was still a bit stunned with what had happened,
He said the boat was on autopilot and the boat will turn from side to side in a bit of swell,
It was like playing Russian Roulette which way was it going to turn,
They dropped me and the yak off at the nearest port which was Coffs Harbour, 2 hours away,
Clive, Steven and Dan were kind enough to drive there to pick me up and head back to camp, Thank Guys,
Grant told me later that he was only 2m from going under him self before the boat stopped,
I want to thank Josh [Yakabbout] for helping out with a Red Hobie Adventure to get me out on the water again,
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Steven and Grant looking a bit stunned after what had happened,
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby gra » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:52 pm

Fark me Stu!! Glad you're still here mate.

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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby spottymac » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:08 am

Thanks Gra , so am I :D
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby ausbass » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:09 am

I heard rumblings of such an event on other sites, but to hear it from the person.

You are one lucky bugger Stu, so good to hear you came out somewhat unscathed besides the obvious loss of your kayak.
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby Shorty » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:24 am

First a trawler writes off a yak then this,,,2 in a week,,someones gunna die soon :(
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby simond11 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:40 am

Stu, glad you are alive, mate. You couldn't have had better people around you and supporting you.
To the rest of us...now is the time to carefully think what safety equipment we carry with us. We never think it will happen to us, but this incident proves otherwise. I think we have to start thinking along the lines that "if something is going to happen, then it probably will".
Let's all make sure we have the right equipment to avoid this happening again to any of us.
Very close call.....very close :( :(
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby danfish » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:50 am

Thats pretty bloody scary! Boats shouldnt have autopilot! :lol:

Glad to hear you're alright. Sorry to hear you lost your yak, them props make a bit of a mess of the hull. Good on Josh for helpin with the Adventure.

Take it easy out there everyone!

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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby Feral » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:54 am

I hope you were straight on to the water police and the nearest harbour master.
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby missingdna » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:21 am

Glad to see your physically ok.....and after a experience like that i gotta admire those titanium balls in getting straight back out there.
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby Occy » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:22 am

I'm stunned, angry, and relieved nothing worse resulted from the incident all at the same time. So much water and such a little object this jerk has to single you out for a near death experience. I hope he is charged and fined big time, and that you recieve full reparation for the yak and any gear lost.

I'm not sure what more more one can do to prevent such things happening again, considering you guys were well kitted out with the necessary PFD's, flags and safety coloured clothing. :? As Simon wisely says it's a timely reminder to us all just how dangerous it can be out there on the water. Time for our merchandising department to look into producing an official AKFF "Spottymac Special Edition" safety flag and hi-vis vest me thinks.

Keep well mate and be sure to let us know how it all pans out.
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby Rstanek » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:24 am

What an idiot, you'd think he'd have the sense to turn autopilot off coming in to an area with as much boat traffic as SWR :? ... Glad you're ok.
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby leftieant » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:37 am

Stu


Very, very glad that you are physically ok, if I was in your shoes I would still be in shock!

Have you had any contact with law enforcement authorities, and have they advised you if they will be taking any action? Please keep us all in the loop with how this story pans out.
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby yakfly » Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:02 am

Good to see youre OK Stu
Did no one have a radio to try and contact the skipper to alert him of your presence?
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby sbd » Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:16 am

Boats, perfect transport for blind people. What the hell is it that people can not keep watch where their instrument of death is heading? If you did this on the road, you'd never be allowed to drive again. Good result for staying alive Stu.

Probably a ferry pilot on a busman's holiday.
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Re: SWR, I Survived A Head With A 38m Flybridge,

Postby patwah » Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:19 am

Glad to hear your safe man, freakin scary......
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