More on Patrick & Mick

From BBC Website

2 Comments Here:

bonnie said...

Sorry it didn't work out, but there's something I really like about this story.

Well a couple of somethings.

I love the part where everyone got home OK, because of good planning.

And I also love the part where the Coast Guard emphasizes the value of that planning, says that these were experienced paddlers, well prepared, had been in regular contact & made the right choices.

I don't know how things are in the UK, but here in the US, every time there's a story like this, there's a whole flurry of scolding from people who weren't there, saying "How dare those stupid kayakers put the rescue personnel at risk!"

So much more constructive to see
the Coast Guard saying "This is why this worked". Perfect lesson in the value of thoughtful preparation, isn't it?

wideblueyonder said...

Have to agree with Bonnie - just the sort of story that could be reported/commented on in the 'irresponsible fools' vein but being written up in a sensible way.

Good to see the Coastguard praising the team but also highlights perfectly the benefits of good planning, prep and kit. Often been laughed at out in the mountains and in my kayak for carrying too much kit (even made it into the best mans speech at my wedding) but when the proverbial hits the fan its great to have all bases covered.