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Saturday, 1 August 2009

Del Southon sent in these photos


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6 comments:

Del said...

The ship is HMS Cadiz, and I was on board when the
picture was taken as we sailed towards Portsmouth on out return from the
Med. The other is with Seaflite the boat that I worked in Cornwall. It was
taken from the end of the Banjo Pier where passengers boarded. It must have
been a Thursday evening because Looe sailing Club is at sea. Just another
hazard to look out for around the bay. The site is looking very good this past month, well done everybody. Del.

Del said...

I was handling the boat companies advertising when the boss asked me if I'd like to be the powerboat driver. I had to appear before the Harbour Commissioners to assure them that I qualified for a license. They took it in turns to ask me what I'd do under any given circumstance like, if the boat caught fire, a passenger fell overboard, a sudden sea mist came down, etc. They seemed to be satisfied that I knew all the right things to do until one them asked me what I'd do if an elderly gent climbed on board and then collapsed, apparently suffering a heart attack. The kiss of life was a big item in the news at that time, so I replied that I would send someone to alert the Harbour Master to call for an ambulance and then to carry out mouth to mouth resuscitation on the man. They all thought that my answer was very impressive until I said that I would rather carry out the procedure on a young lady. I heard the following day that I'd failed the test because I lacked a responsible attitude. When I took the test again my boss said, "Just answer the questions, don't offer them an example of your sense of humour." I did as I was told, and passed.

JohnB said...

What a great job you had Del, I'm sure they all eventually loved your sense of humour too.

Del said...

John, you certainly need a sense of humour when you're dealing with the public. Some people would pay for a fast trip around the bay, or down the coast, and then complain that I was driving too fast. Good fun, late at night, when the drunks came on board after the pub's had closed. They were usually a lot quieter by the time they got off again.

JohnB said...

Del did you make 'em swab the decks when you got back...or did they just barf overboard?

Del said...

We did have a few mishaps, and not just from the reveller's, but it was all part of the job. I remember one woman losing her Cornish Pastie and chips over the side and then complaining that one of her contact lenses had followed. I told her not to worry, I'd go home and get my wet suit and dive for it. "Oh, you're so kind," she said. You really can't believe some people.