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View Diary: updated (not good) Sandy USCG Dramatic At Sea Rescue (Video) (37 comments)

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  •  As gardeners say (1+ / 0-)
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    divineorder

    Compost occurs. Sometimes the right move turns out to be the wrong one. Smart money still says head out to sea.

    •  Agree yes, and thanks for your comments! (0+ / 0-)

      Cruise ship getting hammered


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      by divineorder on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 05:01:21 PM PDT

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      •  My guess (1+ / 0-)
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        divineorder

        Is some sort of mechanical failure. Bildge pumps failed or engine failure.

        •  Could be caulking worked loose and opened (1+ / 0-)
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          jakedog42

          a seam while under way, or a butt block, something that wouldn't leak much in light air or ordinary cruising, but deteriorated under strain.  It might have tipped the scales and caused the vessel to draw more water than ordinarily, so even if she had weathered similar conditions before, she took on more water this time.

          Word is it was a generator failure that caused the pumps to stop working.  I'm betting the generator got flooded because the pumps were overwhelmed.

          Don't know though. Incredible rescue. Did you notice the waves beneath the rescue are going in every direction?  It looks like a washing machine.

          •  Sounds about right (2+ / 0-)
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            divineorder, bluedust

            A well found ship should have weathered the storm without too much trouble. I read somewhere that they had problems with leaks a couple of years ago, but that she had had a recent refit. Should have a clearer idea in a couple of days. Number one rule of seamanship is keep the water out. Number two is keep yourself in.

            Never trust a boat or ship that doesn't leak

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