Survival expert speaks about ferry jumpers

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Survival expert speaks about ferry jumpers Survival expert speaks about ferry jumpers

A SURVIVAL expert has said it would be a miracle if the two men survived after jumping into cold sea water near Harwich.

A pair of Albanian nationals fleeing from deportation lept from the Stena Britannica as it left Harwich at around 9.45am on Wednesday.

Brett Day, a former RAF Search and Rescue winch man, said the men would have had between four and ten minutes at most to survive.

The senior instructor at Wildcrafts bushcraft and survival school in Essex said: "Once your body temperature, normally 36 to 37 degrees, reaches 27 to 30 degrees your muscles start to cramp and tense up.

“That can stop you swimming or even staying afloat, it’s total shutdown and you’re looking at severe hypothermia.

“They will be recovering bodies now unless it’s a miracle.”

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12:20pm Fri 28 Feb 14

bloke down the pub says...

If I was going to jump ship Id have my mate in a boat standing by. Which is probably what they did.
If I was going to jump ship Id have my mate in a boat standing by. Which is probably what they did. bloke down the pub

3:53pm Fri 28 Feb 14

keith_l says...

bloke down the pub wrote:
If I was going to jump ship Id have my mate in a boat standing by. Which is probably what they did.
They probably wouldn't have had the chance to arrange it - they had arrived on the previous ferry having been smuggled across Europe in a lorry, and were denied entry and put on the ferry back from whence they came. They may not have even known anyone in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]bloke down the pub[/bold] wrote: If I was going to jump ship Id have my mate in a boat standing by. Which is probably what they did.[/p][/quote]They probably wouldn't have had the chance to arrange it - they had arrived on the previous ferry having been smuggled across Europe in a lorry, and were denied entry and put on the ferry back from whence they came. They may not have even known anyone in the UK. keith_l

9:20pm Sat 1 Mar 14

SAR Bouy says...

When was your expert ever a SAR Winchman?
When was your expert ever a SAR Winchman? SAR Bouy

8:51am Sun 2 Mar 14

SAR Helicopter Rearcrew says...

I have served on the RAF SAR Force for 20 plus years, all around the UK, including as an instructor.
I have never heard of Brett Day and neither have any of my colleagues.
I have served on the RAF SAR Force for 20 plus years, all around the UK, including as an instructor. I have never heard of Brett Day and neither have any of my colleagues. SAR Helicopter Rearcrew

9:03am Sun 2 Mar 14

SAR Bouy says...

My enquiries over the pats 24 hrs have canvassed RAF and RN SAR Winchmen wo have served over the past 30 years on SAR, including past and present SQN Commanders. No body on SAR has ever heard of Brett Day.
Maybe the Harwich & Manningtree Standard should do an expose article on people who masquerade themselves with some false military history just to further their own needs.
But first of all you should check your sources who have in effect received free advertising from you.
My enquiries over the pats 24 hrs have canvassed RAF and RN SAR Winchmen wo have served over the past 30 years on SAR, including past and present SQN Commanders. No body on SAR has ever heard of Brett Day. Maybe the Harwich & Manningtree Standard should do an expose article on people who masquerade themselves with some false military history just to further their own needs. But first of all you should check your sources who have in effect received free advertising from you. SAR Bouy

10:10am Sun 2 Mar 14

HonestAircrew says...

I have never heard of Brett Day in over 25 years involvement in UK SAR. I am also doubtful as to his survival credentials (as reported on the Wildcrafts website) as I have completed a number of UK and International survival courses and was a qualified instructor. I hope that the Harwich & Manningtree Standard contact Mr Day to verify his credentials. I find it personally offensive for someone to claim to be an expert, particularly ex military SAR, to gain media coverage which also falsely promotes his business.
I have never heard of Brett Day in over 25 years involvement in UK SAR. I am also doubtful as to his survival credentials (as reported on the Wildcrafts website) as I have completed a number of UK and International survival courses and was a qualified instructor. I hope that the Harwich & Manningtree Standard contact Mr Day to verify his credentials. I find it personally offensive for someone to claim to be an expert, particularly ex military SAR, to gain media coverage which also falsely promotes his business. HonestAircrew

10:57am Sun 2 Mar 14

Proper SAR Winchman says...

I have served in RAF Search and Rescue for over 22 years and have never heard of Mr Day. The SAR community is a small and tight knit one, and know, or have memories of everyone within it. None of my colleagues has any recollection at all of this person. Can you ascertain if his credentials are indeed genuine, or if he is in fact a complete fraud.
I have served in RAF Search and Rescue for over 22 years and have never heard of Mr Day. The SAR community is a small and tight knit one, and know, or have memories of everyone within it. None of my colleagues has any recollection at all of this person. Can you ascertain if his credentials are indeed genuine, or if he is in fact a complete fraud. Proper SAR Winchman

3:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

bloke down the pub wrote:
If I was going to jump ship Id have my mate in a boat standing by. Which is probably what they did.
Doubtful, their mates were probably moving in to a new tax payer funded fully furnished property waiting for Sky to be installed.
[quote][p][bold]bloke down the pub[/bold] wrote: If I was going to jump ship Id have my mate in a boat standing by. Which is probably what they did.[/p][/quote]Doubtful, their mates were probably moving in to a new tax payer funded fully furnished property waiting for Sky to be installed. Arthur Fonzarelli

8:46am Wed 5 Mar 14

SAR Bouy says...

I would like to say that Wldcrafts Bushcraft & Survival School have been very responsive and I am sure the SAR community now wish their owners a bright future.
I would like to say that Wldcrafts Bushcraft & Survival School have been very responsive and I am sure the SAR community now wish their owners a bright future. SAR Bouy

1:28pm Thu 6 Mar 14

EXRAFOne says...

HonestAircrew wrote:
I have never heard of Brett Day in over 25 years involvement in UK SAR. I am also doubtful as to his survival credentials (as reported on the Wildcrafts website) as I have completed a number of UK and International survival courses and was a qualified instructor. I hope that the Harwich & Manningtree Standard contact Mr Day to verify his credentials. I find it personally offensive for someone to claim to be an expert, particularly ex military SAR, to gain media coverage which also falsely promotes his business.
It is NOT his business and the Owner has been duped as much as anyone else, please remember that. Indeed the owner has acted with due dillegence and quickly when he found out about this.
[quote][p][bold]HonestAircrew[/bold] wrote: I have never heard of Brett Day in over 25 years involvement in UK SAR. I am also doubtful as to his survival credentials (as reported on the Wildcrafts website) as I have completed a number of UK and International survival courses and was a qualified instructor. I hope that the Harwich & Manningtree Standard contact Mr Day to verify his credentials. I find it personally offensive for someone to claim to be an expert, particularly ex military SAR, to gain media coverage which also falsely promotes his business.[/p][/quote]It is NOT his business and the Owner has been duped as much as anyone else, please remember that. Indeed the owner has acted with due dillegence and quickly when he found out about this. EXRAFOne

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