Wednesday, February 25, 2009

12 hr shift from hell.....

.......it all started by being awoken 5hrs early for my shift because a trawl was coming up, luckily loaded with fun anemones so it wasn't a total bust being dragged out of bed from probably the best sleep i've had in days. The a box core (for collecting a big square of mud from the seafloor) went over the side and never returned. And no-one really knows what happened. The weather was not flat calm, but neither was it anything major (or anything we hadn't cored in before - much worse actually), and the tension came off the wire (so something came off the end of the wire) around 150m from the bottom, so it didn't hit the bottom and break, something very weird happened and we're not quite sure why. 

So after an hour cool down period we picked up Megacoring (also for getting mud, but this time in 12 tubes) and having done 4 back to back ones, the 5th one had a misshap when the winch broke, wouldn't slow down and ended up being put a little hard into the seafloor. We were all a little relieved when it actually came back on the end of the wire, just a few pieces missing and bent, but nothing non fixable and in fact as I type this (as my shift is just finishing) it is now headed back into the water, with a hopefully fixed winch.....

So thats been my last 12+ hrs.........

Death by Megacore.........not taken on this particular day, but I thought it fitted this story. I was actually just trying to get up from kneeling down in front of the megacore when a wave caught me in the wrong direction and sent me flat on my back.......pretty funny.....

2 comments:

bsa said...

Oh my, your days do sound impossibly busy and full of the truly unexpected! When ever do you manage to sleep????? We are sending all good thoughts your way.

nicola said...

yikes. i hope you are sleeping well at the moment. all this in what outside temperatures?