Skip to comments.Report: $663,000 cost to save US family off Mexico coast (and could go higher)
Posted on 04/12/2014 5:51:23 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
SAN DIEGO (KGO) -- There is now an estimate on how much it cost to rescue a San Diego family with a sick child off the coast of Mexico. A San Diego newspaper crunched the numbers and says the price for the joint effort between the Coast Guard, Navy and National Guard came to $663,000 and could go higher. The family arrived back on shore Wednesday. The parents have taken some heat for taking their children on a yearlong sailing trip.
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These have to be doing something everyday anyway.
How many illegals did they fail to intercept?
People that do stuff like that should be required to carry “Stupid Stuff” insurance to protect the taxpayer.
On October 6, the Quantum Leap, a 48-foot sailing yacht, was adrift in the Pacific Ocean with an injured captain on board. Twelve hours later, Captain Konstantinos Patsoulas brought the Celebrity Century to the side of the distressed vessel, sheltering it from the wind and waves. A rescue team boarded a powered lifeboat and brought all three men safely on board. Ive always known that the officers and crew across the Celebrity fleet are heroes, said Daniel Hanrahan, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. I know I speak for everyone at Celebrity when I extend enormous thanks and congratulations to Captain Patsoulas and the entire crew onboard Celebrity Century. They have made all of us and clearly, the guests onboard very proud. The vessels owner, Phillip Johnson had left San Diego, California, with his nephew and a friend on board. They were heading for Hawaii when yachts generator and backup battery died. Then, rough seas struck the vessel when Johnson was in the galley, and he suffered serious internal injuries. Using a satellite phone, the crew members called the U.S. Coast Guard in Honolulu where a flight surgeon said Johnson would have to get off the boat and into a hospital as soon as possible. Because the Quantum Leap was 700 nautical miles northeast of the island of Hawaii, the distance was too great for a helicopter rescue. However, the Celebrity Century, which was bound for Hilo, Hawaii, responded immediately to the Coast Guards call for assistance, diverted from its planned course and sailed to the rescue. We are truly thankful for your selfless efforts. Your unselfish devotion to aid others in distress upholds the highest principles and traditions of maritime service, said a Coast Guard representative after the rescue. A retired U.S. Navy commander who was a passenger onboard the Celebrity Century, later wrote to the captain, saying, You and your crew should be extended the highest accolades for your daring and most courageous rescue of the captain and crew of Quantum Leap on October 7. Your ship handling expertise in keeping two small boats in the lee to accommodate the safest possible conditions was exceptional. Your crew of the small boat exercised the soundest and most extraordinary boat handling to affect the most timely transfer of personnel between two small boats in 8- to 10-foot seas that I have ever seen. Bravo Zulu [a naval signal meaning well done] to you and your entire crew for a task well done. In an interview with the Hawaii Tribune-Herald while recuperating in a Hawaii hospital, Johnson said, Everyone onboard was so wonderful to us. I simply cant say enough thank-yous. They saved our lives. Johnson added that he wanted to get back out to sea again but this time on a cruise aboard the Celebrity Century.
I am glad they saved the kids, but the moron parents should have been left on the wrecked up boat.
I’d rather pay for this than 99% of the nonsense we are forced to pay for.
The parents are hopelessly stupid. Just the same the rescue had to be done.
Still cheaper than chasing down MH370, and those folks are dead.
Many will choose to ignore the truth in your post.
I’d suggest that the taxes paid to the Feds over the years constitute an implicit Insurance Policy for the Gov’t to save your butt when you are beyond the borders of our country (as has been done plenty -o- times over the course of our history).
Ditto that. Go save this family! Learn from the experience.
How do you calculate that?
Have humans become such wimps that we cannot take any chances.
Read the back story and then form an opinion.
That’s not a bad idea —
I remember the original thread posted on FR. Most of the posters thought it was just fine for an unskilled couple to take a 1 year old and a 3 year old on a trip around the world in a small boat and anyone who thought other wise was an overprotective fuddy duddy lacking in adventurousness and the pioneer spirit and would deprive the toddlers of a wonderful life experience yada yada. You know, the kind of nansypansy worrywarts who disapproved of Steve Irwin holding his infant over large crocodile.
Don't even begin to calculate what it costs him to go abroad or to Hawaii.
There is a limit to the chances I will subject a one-year-old to.
International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR)
Adoption: 27 April 1979; Entry into force: 22 June 1985
The 1979 Convention, adopted at a Conference in Hamburg, was aimed at developing an international SAR plan, so that, no matter where an accident occurs, the rescue of persons in distress at sea will be co-ordinated by a SAR organization and, when necessary, by co-operation between neighbouring SAR organizations.
Although the obligation of ships to go to the assistance of vessels in distress was enshrined both in tradition and in international treaties (such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974), there was, until the adoption of the SAR Convention, no international system covering search and rescue operations. In some areas there was a well-established organization able to provide assistance promptly and efficiently, in others there was nothing at all.
The technical requirements of the SAR Convention are contained in an Annex, which was divided into five Chapters. Parties to the Convention are required to ensure that arrangements are made for the provision of adequate SAR services in their coastal waters. Parties are encouraged to enter into SAR agreements with neighbouring States involving the establishment of SAR regions, the pooling of facilities, establishment of common procedures, training and liaison visits. The Convention states that Parties should take measures to expedite entry into its territorial waters of rescue units from other Parties.
Stupid? For daring not to live in a suburb somewhere going to work and going home like a good little rat.
This family moved from CA to Mexico a year ago. The baby was born in Mexico. The doctor that cleared the baby for travel after the salmonella bout was a Mexican doctor.
So why didn’t they contact the Mexican Navy to bail them out?
He’s not unskilled or inexperienced.
Those same costs would have been incurred regardless, or at least most of it.
You are correct. I still think that adults should not take unnecessary chances with 1-year-olds. But that's just me.
Properly prepared and trained this kind of trip is less risky then living in chicago
Q: What do you call four Mexicans in a leaky boat?
A: Quatro sinko.
Now there's a high bar to hurdle, LOL!
This couple was not unskilled and the father was a Coast Guard-licensed captain.
How hard is it the day and time of the interweb to get the facts?
Whats unnecessary? Perhaps we shouldn’t go to the mall. Just think of the risk of a car accident. Going camping, HECK NO! Thats dangerous.
Fishing? That involves knives, hooks, and scary fish.
Too late. I’ve already been corrected. You snooze, you lose.
The boat took in water 600 mi. into a 30,000 mi. trip circumnavigating the globe, and the dad didn’t even know who to fix a freakin’ leak. USCG-trained my ass (maybe so, but those were just classes that any hobby skipper island-hopper can take and get a little diploma for — I’m a USCG Base San Juan brat)....
Going to the mall, driving a car, camping, fishing, taking a one-year-old on a tiny boat across the Pacific Ocean.
Yep, all the same level of danger in my book.
People do this kind of stuff all the time and most do it with little issue. Properly equipped and trained the trip is not that risky.
Maybe he should have tried stuffing a baby pacifier in the hole?
You're right. I mean, what could go wrong?
One of my favorite 1980s songs:
There was a retired coast guard guy here in Tampa that put his sail boat into the river to test the engine. Engine didn’t work.
He didn’t have an anchor, sails, or a radio on his boat. He floated down the river and into Tampa Bay. Then he floated all the way across the bay. He couldn’t radio anyone, or even signal anyone because he didn’t have flares either.
Fortunately his sail boat washed up on the beach at the very southern tip on the other side of the bay. He came quite close to drifting out into the gulf.
Well you could get eaten by a giant squid.
Call it a training exercise. I’d rather have the government pay for this then for some folks to go on vacation again and again and again ....
. . . and some days, the calamari eats you.
Can't find where I snoozed.
Have a shot on me!
And if this arrived via freepmail, perhaps I should lay off the booze.
That said, best wishes for a Saturday nite and a wonderful weekend.
That’s about the price to put the First Lady up in a hotel abroad for a week..
I don't need booze. I'm high on life!
I don’t know who they contacted, or if a general distress signal was sent. My understanding is that they remain American citizens.
Not sure what to make of this one. Part of me is wanting the parents to get the bill.
Maybe they should be compelled to do “volunteer” work for one of the rescuing organizations involved. Maybe 8 hours per week, for a month or three.
Just as people are required to have accident insurance, etc., for land vehicles, they should have insurance for these types of water “excursions”. Not sure if they do, but it should cost them something for this. 150k$ would be good.
Yeah make it even more costly to leave your home. So expensive that only the rich can afford it. Yep thats the American way
Why sure it is and the gomers who think that way will tell ya the same thing! Hell, strap the little kidlette into one of those Commie rockets and fire his ass up to the Space Station! Just as safe going camping!...........................
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