Patriot: Dead Seafarers Did Not Wear Lifejackets

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Sep 192010

image Captain Matteo Russo, 36, and his 59-year-old father-in-law, John Orlando, died within 10 minutes of being thrown into the 5.5 degrees celsius cold waters of Middle Bank, off the Massachusetts coast. Autopsies on both men conclude that they died of drowning in a matter of seconds. Both bodies were found without lifejackets or other personal protective equipment.

The final report does not make reference to cold shock, a condition in which muscle and breath control is lost, may lead to a coronary emergency, and which can lead to drowning, and is the most immediate hazard when immersed in cold water.

Cold shock occurs over a period of seconds. It is unlikely that the men would have been able to climb aboard the liferaft, which had inflated and deployed enough to be used.

A casualty who survives cold shock and is wearing a lifejacket, can survive an hour or more in cold water until hypothermia, the lowering of body core-temperature to an unsustainable level, occurs, which significantly increases the chances of rescue. Continue reading »

Oman Tug, Barge Found, 23 Rescued

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Jun 042010

Tug Roma

A search that began on Wednesday for a tug and barge caught in a cyclone off the coast of Oman has been stood down after both vessels were located and 23 people rescued.

Falmouth Coastguard was informed of the incident at 14.06 on Wednesday when the UKMTO, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organisation, contacted it to say that they had been in contact with the owners in Mumbai, who in turn had been contacted by the tug Roma reporting that they had been towing the crane handling barge Kanta and had got into difficulty three hours before and been unable to contact the authorities in India to request assistance.

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