Experience: I've been rescued 15 times
Geege Schuman stashed this in Relatable
As the "rescues" mounted up, so did the anger of the harbourmaster and the RNLI. They raged at me for wasting time and money – it costs £2,500 for each call-out. By the 14th rescue, they threatened to ban me from Newquay harbour and I earned the nickname Captain Calamity. I was also described as a "bloody menace". They were so fed up with coming to my aid that the coastguards would simply write "Him again" in their logbook.
Great story of perseverance with a happy ending for all.
I'm a little confused -- why did he keep getting into situations where he needed to be rescued?
"Once I had got the hang of righting the boat, I was fine. It took a while, though – around 20 minutes – and each time I capsized, well-meaning people on the beach would phone 999, thinking that I was in mortal danger. I wasn't – I was having a whale of a time – but once the coastguards had been called, they had a duty to come out to help me, however unwanted that help was.
I understood where they were coming from – they had an obligation to help me – but I wished they would check first that I wanted to be rescued. I am a strong swimmer and enjoy a wipeout in a big wave."
Oh, I see. He was doing fine but they HAD to help him if someone called him.
Thanks, I missed that part.