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.
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