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Old 05-31-2013, 06:12 AM   #1
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How big a ship must be to cross an ocean

Link: Rower Ralph Tuijn saved after hitting a tanker

Rower Ralph Tuijn Saved After Hitting Tanker

An adventurer rowing from Australia to Africa has had to be rescued after his boat collided with a massive oil tanker.

Dutchman Ralph Tuijn was well into his 5,600 mile (9,000 km), 120-day journey from Western Australia when his boat was swamped after it hit the tanker.

He was rescued from the Indian Ocean early on Friday after sending a distress signal, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa).

"We have recovered him, he is currently on board the merchant vessel," an Amsa spokesman said.

"The master reported that he was injured but we're not sure of the full extent of his injuries just yet."

Ido Hurkmans, who spoke to Tuijn after the collision, said his friend saw the tanker when it was only 300 metres (1,000ft) away which was too late for him to avoid it.

"He was just on a collision course. So he was just like, 'OK I am going to die'," Hurkmans said. "Surviving a crash from a tanker in a small rowing boat is not very likely."

Tuijn, who was in a boat just seven metres (22ft) long, recalled that the tanker had dragged him along for a long time and overturned several times before he broke free.

His friend said he had suspected cracked ribs and a broken finger but was "back on his feet" on the merchant vessel that rescued him as it headed for Nigeria.

Australian authorities said the Dutchman was extremely lucky to have been picked up so soon from his remote location in the middle of the ocean.

"It's a pretty well-travelled stretch of water but often merchant vessels can be three or four days away and this one was only a couple of hours away," the spokesman said.

Tuijn, who has previously rowed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, left the Cocos Islands on May 5.

Another friend, Geoff Charters, insisted he would bounce back from the traumatic experience.

"He's a very experienced ocean rower and has dealt with a lot of different dangers on the ocean including lightning storms ... I think that was the worst," Mr Charters said.

"He's been attacked by sharks and had close encounters with tankers on the Pacific."
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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One would think he would have some sort of sun shade on the boat. 120 days of rowing in the sun would surely give you cancer.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:29 AM   #3
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One would think he would have some sort of sun shade on the boat. 120 days of rowing in the sun would surely give you cancer.
I think this was NOT his biggest worry. In the collision he broke 2 ribs and a finger, he tried to repair his boat but due to his injuries he failed and after a time he accepted help from the tanker.

PS. yes at the time off the collision he used an AIS Transponder.

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I don't know guys, but how in the hell do you hit a tanker in the middle of the ocean? He is rowing a small boat and didn't see or hear the ship?

I just don't get it. The 1st rule is, the big ship wins.
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I don't know guys, but how in the hell do you hit a tanker in the middle of the ocean? He is rowing a small boat and didn't see or hear the ship?

I just don't get it. The 1st rule is, the big ship wins.
Not if you're asleep.

Single handers must sleep sometime
But I do wonder why his radar detector and AIS alarm did not warn him in time.
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Not if you're asleep.

Single handers must sleep sometime
But I do wonder why his radar detector and AIS alarm did not warn him in time.
yep, he was asleep.

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How big a ship must be to cross an ocean
It's not the size of the boat that matters, it's the design.
I once met a man who crossed the Atlantic in a boat less than six feet long.
He didn't seem crazy.
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Thanks for the answer. I didn't realize he was sleeping, guess I should have read the article better.

One would think he would have a warning system onboard for such a long journey. I'm glad he is safe.
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He should've put a mirror on it to watch where he's going.
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He should've put a mirror on it to watch where he's going.
Now that's funny right there.
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You just can't fix stupid, though he tried hard.
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You know your number is almost up when you're 5,000 miles from nowhere... and a tanker runs you over.
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Occasionally, rowers run into things. It's rarely caught on camera, but it happens.





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Speaking of running into things at sea. One spring years ago two sailboats in the Santa Monica Bay hit head on under full sail. Both skippers were laying in their cockpits not looking because there were no other boats anywhere. I think they were both in the mid 30' range. It made the news.
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Lets see....a Dutchman from Australia...sleeping...hit by a TANKER...a coincidence that one of the cities in Australia is called DARWIN ? I think not...LMAO
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This is getting better by the post.
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Al, that was mean.....
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Mea culpa! Yes it was and I immediately sent him my sincere apology. I just couldn't help myself.

Now I'm sitting here waiting for the payback....
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