Monday, July 14, 2008

It wasn't just the weather that was wild.

Last Thursday the whole province got hit with a heck of a windstorm and well, stuff happened.

One of the charter vessels we work on, the Malacite, was scheduled to head up the river for its "bubble bath" with Transport and it ran into strife off Wreck Beach. A mayday went out to Coast Guard and it was towed back into the Coast Guard dock just at the entrance to False Creek. Here is the story from the Vancouver Province that made the newspaper.

Additionally, the Dos Amores was getting a good rocking out in that weather too and it made the CBC site too. (Nice shot of it as you scroll down). We had a few calls from concerned friends and Greig managed to get down and view it from shore but he didn't have the skiff there for we were using it to move stuff up the river. It was just bouncing around like hell and yet didn't pull its anchor or mooring lines. It was so rough out there even the Coast Guard Hovercraft, Penac, was having trouble getting around. There would have been no way for him to rent a boat from the Granville Island boat rental either because when weather gets that rough they wisely don't rent boats.

Greig was working a cruise and had Captain Jurgen do a drive-by when he notice someone aboard. Thinking it was a friendly, Greig hollered out to him and they exchanged cell numbers as Greig wanted to thank him for furling the sails, as this fellow had kayaked out there to it.

But in his infinite naiveness and on-going assumption that people are inherently good he got:

"You piece of s*%t Captain! I saved you're boat and you owe me big time! I'm Captain Kyle and in fact I am taking your boat!"

Oh, really? Is that how this is going to be played?

He'd hoisted the Jolly Roger, and a towel that was hanging about and even went so far as to call Mike at Marine Assist, who assisted in the Malacite's rescue that day, to get him to hook on and tow him somewhere. Mike didn't bite.

Greig had been in contact during the day anyway with the VPD Marine Squad anyway and they knew that the sailboat was just getting a good thrashing but was otherwise fine. It's a designated anchorage and it wasn't pulling its anchor at all. As a result of the exchange with "Captain" Kyle, he called the Vancouver PD and they removed him and arrested him. A bit of a mental case.

So after work at 9pm, as seas had calmed he went back to the Bowie and grabbed the Green Goblin, with some of our resident heavies and they set down the river to inspect the Dos Amores.

Captain Kyle removed the ignition key and futzed about with the lines and tied all kinds of crazy knots ala "Bug Man". But otherwise the boat was fine. Bilges were dry as a popcorn too. Its been outfitted with a new ignition and locks too.

How much more nuttiness can happen? Wait for it....wait for it...

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