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Old 12-08-2007, 11:52 AM   #15
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From Barbara

Great news! Terry is alive and darn exhausted.

His passage to Lingga was the trip from hell, winds on the nose 25-30kts, seas 3m, when the boat started taking on water. The engine block was more than half under water, batteries in water, water everywhere and the boat sinking. Terry called a Mayday on Ch16. No response. He set off 6 flares. No response. The HF wasn't working. He activated the EPIRB and prepared the dinghy, trying one last time to get the water under control as the pumps couldn't keep up. He made enough headway to keep on sailing and make landfall.

He has made his way to Tanjung Pinang, Bintan and did a check-in, check-out with port authorities. I asked Terry if they told him he was the subject of a search being handled by that SAR office. He said they didn't say a thing.

Please notify the contacts that you initiated with the net controller for s e Asia and various websites, and especially s/v Dancyn, underway somewhere out there looking for No Komis. I hope they didn't get caught out in that same horrible weather.

Beth and Evans, my gratitude to you is immeasurable. The cruising community was incredible with their support and logistical help. Please pass on my and Terrys sincere thanks to everyone involved

Warm hugs,

Barbara.

RICHARD, My great thanks for your response and help. I think we all know that in 95% of these cases the yacht is found just fine, but if I ever have to let off my EPIRB I would like to know that guys like you will be actively looking for me. EVANS
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Great news! Thank you for letting us know so promptly and please pass on our good wishes.
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Old 12-08-2007, 10:06 PM   #17
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Barbara, Terry and Evans,

GREAT NEWS - Alive and exhausted .

I will advise all interested and concerned to stand down - John on Dancyn , the Ham Operators and the many Cruising yachts who are on mobile maritime nets in this region.

Questions :- have the Indonesian SAR - Navy - Coast Guard been advised ??

Where is the yacht No Komis ?? and what shape now ? Does Terry need any assistance regarding the yacht ?

Stay well

Richard

PS : here is a picture from my data base of S/Y No Komis rounding Cape Horn in a medium blow :

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To confirm at 0100 GMT , S/Y Dancyn informed of Terry's safe arrival. Hams and Mobile Maritime Nets also informed of S/Y No Komis having arrived in Tanjung Pinang - Bintan Island (just south of Singapore) also that he has checked out of Indonesia.

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Old 12-09-2007, 02:01 AM   #19
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Richard,

Again thanks for helping and we have sent a big thanks to John and Heather on Dancyn. It's a small world, as we spent quite a bit of time with them around Hawaii several years ago.

The Indonesian have been informed both bottom up from the port captain and top down from the consulate and from USCG SAR. However, there is no telling how effective their internal communication is, so there may still be assets who are uninformed.

Terry isn't sure at the moment what the cause of the water intake was. He has his theories but he wants to get to Sebana Cove Marina, Johor , Malaysia, get settled, and have a good look. He thought he should be there in 3 days. No overnights necessary and he will be in an area of traffic. He sounded pretty shaken by the whole experience, but feels able to proceed to Johor.

I have asked for a report when he diagnoses the original problem and Barbara says : "You can bet I will get back to you. We all want to learn from this. No Komis has been a very seaworthy boat."

By the way, I have been collecting my thoughts/lessons learned from this at FAQ 37 on http://www.bethandevans.com/faqs.htm. If you have any comments or suggestions I would love to hear them. You can e-mail them directly to estarzinger (at) hotmail.com, or post here. Thanks
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Evans

Please let us all know what the cause of the water intake was when you hear.

Thank you for keeping us up to date.
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Old 12-09-2007, 09:11 PM   #21
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We lose our internet connect tomorrow, but when I get Terry's diagnosis I will e-mail it to richard.
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Richard,

Again thanks for helping and we have sent a big thanks to John and Heather on Dancyn. It's a small world, as we spent quite a bit of time with them around Hawaii several years ago.
Terry will also and always be remembered for his great skills and bravery as a Helcopter pilot - one special mission where he and a co-pilot and 2 winchmen, rescued three injured seamen from a crippled oil rig supply vessel off Shetland after being injured when an explosion ripped through the engine room of Polar 901 as she approached the oil rig pentagon 82 in storm lashed seas 90 miles South-East of Sumburgh.

A coastguard spokesman at Lerwick said the Polar 901 was drifting without power in gale force winds and heavy seas though the fire was under control. The injured men were put aboard the rig while the helicopter from Bristow Helicopters, at Sumburgh, refuelled before flying to Aberdeen.

Terry is again saluted for his skill and endurance in getting No Komis to her destination.
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We have been out of internet contact for two months coming south down the chilean channels. But I did wnat to close off this situation with the following e-mail we got from Terry:

Hi Evans and Beth, Thanks for your note, too. The only cause can think of for the flooding problem was that a screen through which the impleller draws water was contaminated with grease and oil from the bilge sump and allowed a syphon to start. Once I pumped out the bilge with a portable manual pump, I checked the electric bilge pump, cleared the screen and reinstalled it. There was no further water coming into the bilge, so I assume that the plugged bilge pump was the problem. There is a check valve in the overboard hose which was okay. Once again, thanks to you both for the assistance you gave Barbara. I know she was very grateful for your support and support from the net controllers. We (Barbara and my two brothers) are gathering as much information as we can. USCG Alameda wasn't very helpful at all and wouldn't reply to requests for update, so my brother sent a strongly-worded email to the CO of the station and did receive an apology for not responding, explaining that they were very busy - with all of five other SAR actions - and explained that once Jakarta was notified of the EPIRB hits, the buck was passed. The Foreign Affairs department of the Canadian government was very helpful in getting the Embassy in Jakarta to chase up the Indonesian authorities but I think to no avail. We have asked them for a resume of their activities with respect to the Indonesian authorities. That's where it stands now and I will put something together when we have all the relevant information. I wish you and Beth a very happy Christmas in the channels and all the best for the coming year. I wish we were there with you as it would be much more comfortable than the heat and humidity of the Singapore area. Warmest regards,Terry
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Thank you for the update Evans - most appreciated.
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