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John Crisp

Re: Any thing under tension....

Trying to stop an approx 4" mooring line disappearing out the fairlead in my naive yoof I did the time tested method of slowing it with my boot. Until my boot snagged and got pulled complete with leg into the fairlead.

A testicle stopper on one side, and a large friction burn up my right butt cheek for my trouble. Stopped the dinghy with outboard that was pulling it to the buoy in a hurry....

Ah well, luckier than the docker in the Gulf on the previous trip who lost his head. Literally, as the polyprop multiplat rope, as above, let go (from a fellow officer present at the time... not pretty)

I won't mention anchor chains parting on the winch inches from your face....

At least wire sings before it goes. Quite sparkly as the strands flick against one another. Polyprop tends to stretch a lot, and then give up in a rush.

Saw plenty more incidents and accidents. I always gave anything under tension a wide berth.....

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