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Search and Rescue 11:11 - Sep 30 with 711 viewsNewcyBlue

I’m likely to be delayed getting home.

Coming up the coast of Africa as we near the Canary Islands, approximately 100 nautical miles south, we receive a radio call telling us to proceed to a position 10nm from us.

Two migrant boats have been spotted by SAR aircraft.

We arrive on scene approximately 40 minutes later to find two boats heading on a northerly course at just of 4 knots. Sea state isn’t brilliant for such small boats.

We reported to the nearest Marine Rescue Coordination Centre that we have two small boats in sight. A few minutes later they tell us that they have dispatched a SAR vessel, and we are to escort the migrants to the safety of said vessel.

For over 6 hours we escort what ended up being 4 migrant boats, with at least 30 odd people on each.

At 2135GMT we are released from SAR duties. Having escorted a minimum of 120 people to safety.

Delayed home? Likely. Worth it? Definitely. I have the rest of my life to see my twins, those migrants were taking huge risks in the Atlantic Ocean just so they can see the sun rise over a better future.

I wonder where they will end up. I wish them luck.

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Search and Rescue on 11:14 - Sep 30 with 683 viewsBlueBadger

You mean you didn't turn the guns onto them?

Shame on you, where's your patriotism, you massive snowflake?

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Search and Rescue on 11:17 - Sep 30 with 674 viewsArnoldMoorhen

Thank you to you and the rest of the crew for what you have done.

Your ability to still see the positives in spite of being delayed AGAIN is incredible.

I think you may be the most resilient person I have ever come across!
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Search and Rescue on 11:36 - Sep 30 with 628 viewsNewcyBlue

Search and Rescue on 11:17 - Sep 30 by ArnoldMoorhen

Thank you to you and the rest of the crew for what you have done.

Your ability to still see the positives in spite of being delayed AGAIN is incredible.

I think you may be the most resilient person I have ever come across!


Most resilient has got to be Phil! He puts up with us lunatics!

You have to see the positives, if you don’t, it will be a long voyage.

Hope all is well there.

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Search and Rescue on 11:42 - Sep 30 with 614 viewsNewcyBlue

Search and Rescue on 11:14 - Sep 30 by BlueBadger

You mean you didn't turn the guns onto them?

Shame on you, where's your patriotism, you massive snowflake?


I know, I should be ashamed. My patriotism was stolen by those who need it more.

I’ll do a more detailed report of some of the actions that we took yesterday.

We haven’t had internet for a few days. The first thing I did was to catch up on Seb and the twins. Then update you guys. But I have some stuff to sort and watch to keep, them I will do a little report giving an insight to what a container ship of 21 crew does when called upon for SAR. Spoiler alert, woefully under equipped, badly understaffed. Sound familiar Badger?

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Search and Rescue on 17:21 - Sep 30 with 456 viewsNewcyBlue

At 1630GMT we received a call from a search and rescue aircraft, they had sighted small craft heading North towards the Canary Islands.

At the time I was 54m above sea level changing signal lights on the signal mast.

I was radioed and informed that I was needed on the bridge. The radars were started, which were turned off as I was up the signal mast.

After we were given the position of the boats we proceeded at full speed.

Approximately 36 minutes later we were in sight of two small boats. We called Las Palmas Marine Rescue Coordination Centre and informed them of what we had found. They told us that we should escort the boats North to the safety of a Spanish search and rescue vessel.

We were told that if necessary we may be required to rescue the persons on the boats.

As medical Officer I had preparations to make.

- The hospital was prepared
- First aid bag and oxygen was prepared
- Covid precautions for my crew was prepared
- A camera and notepad and pen was prepared.

I’m also in charge of life saving appliances such as life rafts and boats. I then proceeded to prepare

- The rescue boat, including inflatable life jackets for the rescue boat crew
- lifebuoys were stood by
- transponders for search and rescue that show up on the radar.
- Portable VHF radio for the rescue boat crew
- Additional lines that may be needed for towing the craft

After preparing this, I took two of my crew to lock the accommodation down, followed by all other accessible spaces on board.

The place was that we would keep the migrants in one place, we have to ensure the safety of the crew as well as the migrants. We also have to ensure the security of the vessel.

After doing a couple of meal reliefs to ensure other officers had some dinner, I went for some rest. There was nothing more that I could do.

We got the migrant boats to safety, in all there were four boats.

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Search and Rescue on 17:54 - Sep 30 with 413 viewsWeWereZombies

Search and Rescue on 17:21 - Sep 30 by NewcyBlue

At 1630GMT we received a call from a search and rescue aircraft, they had sighted small craft heading North towards the Canary Islands.

At the time I was 54m above sea level changing signal lights on the signal mast.

I was radioed and informed that I was needed on the bridge. The radars were started, which were turned off as I was up the signal mast.

After we were given the position of the boats we proceeded at full speed.

Approximately 36 minutes later we were in sight of two small boats. We called Las Palmas Marine Rescue Coordination Centre and informed them of what we had found. They told us that we should escort the boats North to the safety of a Spanish search and rescue vessel.

We were told that if necessary we may be required to rescue the persons on the boats.

As medical Officer I had preparations to make.

- The hospital was prepared
- First aid bag and oxygen was prepared
- Covid precautions for my crew was prepared
- A camera and notepad and pen was prepared.

I’m also in charge of life saving appliances such as life rafts and boats. I then proceeded to prepare

- The rescue boat, including inflatable life jackets for the rescue boat crew
- lifebuoys were stood by
- transponders for search and rescue that show up on the radar.
- Portable VHF radio for the rescue boat crew
- Additional lines that may be needed for towing the craft

After preparing this, I took two of my crew to lock the accommodation down, followed by all other accessible spaces on board.

The place was that we would keep the migrants in one place, we have to ensure the safety of the crew as well as the migrants. We also have to ensure the security of the vessel.

After doing a couple of meal reliefs to ensure other officers had some dinner, I went for some rest. There was nothing more that I could do.

We got the migrant boats to safety, in all there were four boats.


Given your circumstances I think you are showing remarkable magnanimity. Above and beyond the call of duty (even though I know it is just that) does not begin to describe this, not even the adjective supernumerary gets close.

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Search and Rescue on 18:42 - Sep 30 with 350 viewsEdwardStone

Search and Rescue on 17:21 - Sep 30 by NewcyBlue

At 1630GMT we received a call from a search and rescue aircraft, they had sighted small craft heading North towards the Canary Islands.

At the time I was 54m above sea level changing signal lights on the signal mast.

I was radioed and informed that I was needed on the bridge. The radars were started, which were turned off as I was up the signal mast.

After we were given the position of the boats we proceeded at full speed.

Approximately 36 minutes later we were in sight of two small boats. We called Las Palmas Marine Rescue Coordination Centre and informed them of what we had found. They told us that we should escort the boats North to the safety of a Spanish search and rescue vessel.

We were told that if necessary we may be required to rescue the persons on the boats.

As medical Officer I had preparations to make.

- The hospital was prepared
- First aid bag and oxygen was prepared
- Covid precautions for my crew was prepared
- A camera and notepad and pen was prepared.

I’m also in charge of life saving appliances such as life rafts and boats. I then proceeded to prepare

- The rescue boat, including inflatable life jackets for the rescue boat crew
- lifebuoys were stood by
- transponders for search and rescue that show up on the radar.
- Portable VHF radio for the rescue boat crew
- Additional lines that may be needed for towing the craft

After preparing this, I took two of my crew to lock the accommodation down, followed by all other accessible spaces on board.

The place was that we would keep the migrants in one place, we have to ensure the safety of the crew as well as the migrants. We also have to ensure the security of the vessel.

After doing a couple of meal reliefs to ensure other officers had some dinner, I went for some rest. There was nothing more that I could do.

We got the migrant boats to safety, in all there were four boats.


Blimey Cap'n.... a lot to do

All respect to you for helping these poor souls
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Search and Rescue on 19:41 - Sep 30 with 318 viewsTangledupin_Blue

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Search and Rescue on 20:06 - Sep 30 with 282 viewsSouthBucksBlue

An inspiring post!
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