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    Coastal Member dwhitlow's Avatar
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    Never attach a rope to yourself when filling a bucket with water on a moving boat

    I'll share this as I suspect many others might have done the same......

    We dived a rich part of Lulworth Banks and after 30 minutes I'd filled my sack with good sized scallops. A good-sized spider crab offered itself but the bag was too full to accommodate so I attached a lift bag to the scallops and sent them to the surface.

    On the way back into harbour I took my turn to check the scallops for size, emptying them onto the deck and testing them against the 'scallop ring'. Two went back whilst 110 stayed on the boat so I gave 10 to the skipper and returned 100 to my bag.

    Looking at the mess on the deck I picked up a large black bucket with attached rope and proceeded to fish for water at the back of the boat. We've all done this many times and usually the bucket bounces on top of the water and is annoying to fill. In this case the bucket went under and was transformed into a sea anchor behind a boat travelling at 14 knots.

    I had, rather foolishly, wrapped the rope around my wrist and abruptly found myself with my right thigh against the lift, left hand holding the lift and right arm outstretched and attached to the sea anchor whilst I was looking down at the wash contemplating my situation. I was able to disengage the rope and the boat stopped quickly. The bucket was not recovered and nor was my dignity.

    My hand didn't enjoy the experience and medical inspection confirmed no lasting harm seems to have occurred.

    Lesson Learnt:

    Never attach a rope to yourself when filling a bucket with water on a moving boat.

    In my defence, I feel the carefully spliced loop on the end of the rope (probably quite helpful if bailing out a sinking boat) enticed me into making a stupid decision.

    At least the weather forecast for the next few days is rubbish so I'll not be missing any diving!

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    Ouch!

    I'm not sure a "like" is right, but thanks for sharing the lesson (and loss of dignity).
    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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    I've seen others left with a bit of rope and a bucket handle. Best not to scoop water on a moving boat.
    If I always told you the truth, I wouldn't need you to trust me.

    "You are a terrestrial mammal for crying out loud - you have no business going underwater in the first place." - Richard Pyle (and my mum)

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    Any lesson you can tell someone about is a good lesson to learn.

    Thanks for sharing
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    Done the same but was lucky
    As the handle parted with the bucket
    I live a charmed life lol . Live and learn
    Happy to hear you didn't end up overboard .
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    Sounds like it could quite easily have been a lot worse.

    Isn't this sort of thing covered in the BSAC "basic being on a boat" skills course ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shapeshifter View Post
    Sounds like it could quite easily have been a lot worse.

    Isn't this sort of thing covered in the BSAC "basic being on a boat" skills course ?
    There is no such course and I posted this as it is something I've seen many times on different boats and figured it a useful reminder.

    I think the significant factor might be that a large heavy duty black bucket with a metal handle, whilst being a good place to bath crustaceans, may not be the optimal choice.

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    Karma - the scallops fought back
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    Quote Originally Posted by shapeshifter View Post
    Sounds like it could quite easily have been a lot worse.

    Isn't this sort of thing covered in the BSAC "basic being on a boat" skills course ?
    IV done all bsac boat stuff have power boat 2
    And only a few night crossing s to get the next level.

    Shit happens . Ropes and water are a dangures mix

    You can not cover it all in a course . Or 3
    So op is right to post and will be helpful to all I'm sure
    Last edited by gobfish1; 14-06-2019 at 05:44 PM.
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    Your not diving this weekend then? Will the harbour be divable?


 
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