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No mention of float plan/trip monitor on site?


Adam Bolonsky

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In writing up a number of safety articles, I've noticed that nspn's site makes no reference (?) to the importance of filing a float plan (even something informal as simply telling an onshore friend where you're going and when you expect to be back) with a trip monitor (i.e. that friend or family member.)

Am I not looking in the right place?

The fatality this spring off Biddeford Pool was, at least I think, made more likely by no-one onshore (?) knowing those guys were out, or where they were, and by what time past dark they should have been considered overdue.

Consistent to most SAR operations of commercial fishing boats I'm reading about are a family member knowing where the fishing boat last was and when expected back.

Sure we spend most of our time within sight of land in easy conditions, but that Maine accident rings - at least to me - the utility of a float plan, even if it's simply verbal.

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In writing up a number of safety articles, I've noticed that nspn's site makes no reference (?) to the importance of filing a float plan (even something informal as simply telling an onshore friend where you're going and when you expect to be back) with a trip monitor (i.e. that friend or family member.)

Am I not looking in the right place?

The fatality this spring off Biddeford Pool was, at least I think, made more likely by no-one onshore (?) knowing those guys were out, or where they were, and by what time past dark they should have been considered overdue.

Consistent to most SAR operations of commercial fishing boats I'm reading about are a family member knowing where the fishing boat last was and when expected back.

Sure we spend most of our time within sight of land in easy conditions, but that Maine accident rings - at least to me - the utility of a float plan, even if it's simply verbal.

Adam:

You'll find reference to "Float Plans" under the Safety Info link at the top of the page....you need to scroll down a bit through the info as it covers lots of topics, but Float Plan is listed as something that should be done.

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In writing up a number of safety articles, I've noticed that nspn's site makes no reference (?) to the importance of filing a float plan (even something informal as simply telling an onshore friend where you're going and when you expect to be back) with a trip monitor (i.e. that friend or family member.)

Am I not looking in the right place?

The fatality this spring off Biddeford Pool was, at least I think, made more likely by no-one onshore (?) knowing those guys were out, or where they were, and by what time past dark they should have been considered overdue.

Consistent to most SAR operations of commercial fishing boats I'm reading about are a family member knowing where the fishing boat last was and when expected back.

Sure we spend most of our time within sight of land in easy conditions, but that Maine accident rings - at least to me - the utility of a float plan, even if it's simply verbal.

Adam:

Click "safety Info" link at the top of the page...then click "paddle safe" link and scroll down the page....

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