Sailing Can Be Fun, but You Need to Be Prepared for Any Emergency While Out in the Sea
My father used to be a mariner and it is from him that I developed my interest in ships and sailing. I can vividly recall when I was 9 and he took me in one of his voyages. It was a 10 day trip on a yacht and the experience left a mark in my life. I really loved the trip because it was full of fun and excitement.
After that maiden trip in the sea, there were several occasions when we would go out cruising the in yacht as a family. I started my junior boating lesion when I was 17 just after competing high school. However, since we were living far from large water bodies, I never had enough time to practice my skills.
After my dad retired, he bought a home near Florida Bay where we settled down. He also bought a speedboat though he never allowed me to be alone on the boat. He was always strict about boating and usually emphasized on the dangers of boating.
A Sailing Adventure gone Awful
One day during the school holiday, two of my closest friends in college visited me. I took them for a walk around town and they seemed fascinated by the area. I decided to show them something cool. I wanted to show them my boating skills.
I had taken the ignition keys of my dad’s boat and I wanted to take my friends for a sail. I didn’t tell that I was not an experienced boater. I too never let them know that I was doing all this behind my parent’s back.
We went to the place where my father boat was docked and I started it. Off we went sailing. I had some experience, but I was not very good in various maneuvers. We spent the whole afternoon sailing around. We went deep inwards towards the waters as we explored the seas.
Soon we realized that evening was first approaching and we decided to turn back. By this time, most of other boaters had left the sea or we gone near the shores and we were the only ones left. We sailed back. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to read the navigational charts nor use the compass correctly. Therefore it became hectic finding our way back home. However much we tried, I realized that we were just going in circles or in the wrong direction.
My friends must have seen the fear in me because they too tried to help me locate the way back home. We did so fruitlessly until the engine turned off. Fear gripped us because the speedboat won’t start and we were stranded in the middle of the sea and there was no one to call for help. We started to shout for help but no one could hear us. There was no signal in our phones.
Always Take Emergency Precautions While Sailing
We stayed there till 10 PM when we saw another boat which seemed to approach us. We tried waving and shouting towards it, but the crew in there didn’t hear us since they were cruising fast and thus they passed us. By this time we didn’t know what to do.
Around midnight, we saw two more boats approaching. We again shouted for help and fortunately one of them descended towards us, before the other one joined it. The boats belonged to the rescue team which had been dispatched to locate us.
Back at home, I met a furious dad who reprimanded me for my actions. The first thing I didn’t do was to check if the boat had enough fuel before we went sailing which was a big mistake. When I failed to come home early, they had tried to contact my friends in vain. He then realized that the boats keys had been taken and when he went to the dock to find the boat gone, he concluded that I was stuck somewhere out there in the sea, before calling for a rescue team to help find me.