Another fatality for Clipper Around the World.

fragglerock

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https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/news/article/fatality-statement-simon-speirs--cv30

OFFICIAL STATEMENT - 18/11/2017

We are extremely saddened today to report the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30, (GREAT Britain).

Simon, 60, from Bristol, UK, was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change from Yankee 3 when he was washed overboard. Although he was clipped on with his safety tether, he became separated from the yacht in the Southern Ocean at approximately 0814UTC (1414 local time) in a rough sea state, in 20 knots of wind, gusting 40.

The team’s man overboard recovery training kicked into immediate effect and despite the rough conditions, Simon was recovered back on board by the Skipper and crew within 36 minutes, at which point CPR was immediately administered by three medically trained crew, which included a GP. However Simon sadly never regained consciousness and was pronounced deceased at 0925UTC. The cause of death is unconfirmed at this time but thought to be by drowning.

 

WetHog

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Tragic news.  My condolences to his family.

Also, read that he was buried at sea.  Was surprised, initially, to read that.  But after considering the circumstances, 1200+ miles from land, its understandable.  Still, his family won't even have his body to bury.  Very sad situation.  

WetHog   :ph34r:

 

stief

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Details of the burial are in the updated fatality statement

As requested by Simon’s family, who were fully aware and came together to follow it at the same time back home, it was a Christian service, and the rest of the Clipper Race fleet also joined them in solidarity as it was carried out.
So sad. Found some consolation though, in reviewing the happy ending of a similar story that happened in 1989. VOR did the show the day before Simon went over.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-msm5H0pt0 

Peace all.

 

Chasm

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Since the report say that he got dragged for a bit time to link the backtow life vest once more:
Not perfect, nothing ever is, but their harness modification does give a better chance at survival. https://www.teamomarine.com/

The other point made several times in previous discussion was shorter tethers. Just because it is an approved tether with the  "standard" length legs does not mean that the short one can't be to long. Be that because of work positions or body height.

Would either item have helped in this case? We can't know.

 

southerncross

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Senseless.

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shanghaisailor

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Why the fuck does this keep happening!!!??
Sorry, if you have to ask that question you have no real idea, not only why people do the Clipper Race or indeed why so many people actually sail offshore. We all know the risks and manage them and, frankly, Clipper manage those risks extremely well BUT accidents happen. That doesn't make them any less tragic but big seas, a bouncing foredeck and before you know it......

And it doesn't "keep happening"! If it was commonplace it wouldn't make the BBC News or MSN News page!

Sad loss just the same and a reminder to us weekend warriors, at whatever level we play our sport or even just potter around the swatchways that the sea, when she is in the mood, shows no mercy.

Sail on Simon - fair winds.

SS

 

jack_sparrow

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Since the report say that he got dragged for a bit time to link the backtow life vest once more:
Not perfect, nothing ever is, but their harness modification does give a better chance at survival. https://www.teamomarine.com/

The other point made several times in previous discussion was shorter tethers. Just because it is an approved tether with the  "standard" length legs does not mean that the short one can't be to long. Be that because of work positions or body height.

Would either item have helped in this case? We can't know.
Chasm you can have a long tether with an intermediate short hook to match clip on locations ie say mast versus jackline near the rail. The back clip-on PFD design you post does appear to address the drag and drown issue, however it's downside is hard if not near impossible to self release, including onboard if something snags the tether on deck.

 
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MR.CLEAN

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Sorry, if you have to ask that question you have no real idea, not only why people do the Clipper Race or indeed why so many people actually sail offshore. We all know the risks and manage them and, frankly, Clipper manage those risks extremely well BUT accidents happen. That doesn't make them any less tragic but big seas, a bouncing foredeck and before you know it......

And it doesn't "keep happening"! If it was commonplace it wouldn't make the BBC News or MSN News page!

Sad loss just the same and a reminder to us weekend warriors, at whatever level we play our sport or even just potter around the swatchways that the sea, when she is in the mood, shows no mercy.

Sail on Simon - fair winds.

SS
Hey Shanghai, how many deaths do you need before you start to doubt the Clipper's great management of risks?  They didn't have a death in two decades and then they had two within a few months last time around, and they've already had a completely preventable grounding and now another death. 

I gotta say that 3 dead out of the total complement of - probably like 250 sailors in the two editions?  That's a pretty fucking high percentage likelihood of dying for folks who just wanted to sail around the world.

Maybe they should find another name for the Clipper. Is Life at the Extreme taken?

 




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