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Old Jan 16, 2009, 06:13 PM
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One of those OH Ship days

We were running outbound for our patrol for the day. Fog was so thick that I couldn't see more than 40 feet off the bow. My deckhand had gone below for the first part of the day. I was running slow checking the chart plotter as well as the radar to make sure nothing was in my way. I heaved to to make an adjustment to the sea clutter and rain clutter as well as reduce the range. I had the fog horn going off as I should have hen all of a sudden a inbound tug appeared off my port side. I had to grab the throttle and hit balls to the wall. As soon as we were clear I hailed the tug. He didn't have me on his radar and I didn't have him either. That was one of those days when I was tempted to return to the dock and not tempt fate. How is it that two large vessels can not see each other in the fog on radar, when both are made from steel.
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