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The winds were howling at 35 knots when the call came over the radio from a sailor off the Santa Barbara coast whose engines had died and sails were torn. He needed help ? now. The folks from Channel Watch Marine were dispatched from Ventura Harbor to assist the disabled boat and tow it to shore. But this time, there was an extra passenger aboard the small but powerful pontoon rescue boat. Mike Crawford was on board recording every minute of the boat cutting through the pounding waves, capturing the scene of tying up the disabled boat, documenting the long tow home and, finally, filming the sailor talking about the ordeal and how he was ready for a beer. A few days and many hours of editing later, the entire rescue was online, complete with hard-driving guitar riffs, quick edits and the name of a new production company beneath every shot: OceanRescue.TV. Crawford, along with a friend and the owners of Channel Watch Marine, started shooting many of the ocean rescues the company does nearly every day and has launched a Web site capturing the drama. "Watching the news, you see lots of attention when some kind of ocean rescue occurs," said Paul Amaral, who owns Channel Watch Marine with his wife, Beverly. "We can provide the footage from the rescue itself." The idea for http://www.oceanrescue.tv was born in the Ventura boatyard when Crawford and friend Brent Thompson were fixing up a sailboat. The two had circumnavigated the globe together, selling footage from their adventures. Beverly Amaral struck up a conversation with the two and began talking about the work Channel Watch Marine does and the drama of towing dead whales or boats in the high seas. They soon came up with the idea of documenting the rescues. Crawford and Thompson, who lived in San Diego, sailed their boat to Ventura and now live aboard it so they can be nearby when the next rescue call goes ou. Jason Davis, one of the company's captains, built the Web site where the "episodes" are posted. They hope to not only draw attention to their Web site, but also maybe get picked up by a network looking for the next great reality TV show. Filming the rescue work proved to be challenging. The small rescue boats cut through seas at speeds of up to 50 mph, making for long, bumpy rides. The boat is equipped with a captain's seat that has a hydraulic spring to cushion the bumps, but Crawford or Thompson have to cram themselves into a corner with a stadium cushion as their only comfort. And then there is the issue of protecting the expensive cameras from the punishing salt water. "My biggest fear is if I go in the water, what happens to my camera?" said Crawford. A few of the small cameras haven't survived the journeys. So far, seven episodes have been posted on the Web, and more are on the way. There is one about a man whose engine died, another about towing a dead blue whale off a Ventura beach and another about a boat that washed ashore and had to be towed off. They are hoping to expand how they film the rescues, putting more cameras on the boats, having the captain wear one, and even putting one on his head as he swims out to boats or whales to hook them up for tows. They don't want to go the route of "Cops" and create drama where there isn't any, Amaral said. There is enough adventure and suspense when someone is bobbing at sea with waves crashing aboard, he said. People have been open to being filmed so far, and everyone who appears on camera signs a waiver. The videos are spreading around the Internet, and the site has received about 5,000 hits since it launched a few months ago. Amaral is hoping he can sell insurance and other advertisements that would be embedded into the videos. On the Net: http://www.oceanrescue.tv Looks cool to me. What do you guys think?? Chris

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LOLOLOL!!! that's good stuff. they filmed me during one of their rescues. if you see the 5min. intro clip. i'm the guy saying...."next thing you know, i heard a loud screeching noise"..."nothing worked" and footage of my trophy getting towed!!

how embarassing.....but Capt. Randy is an awesome guy. i've met him twice so far....he' my savior!
 

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tykim717 said:
LOLOLOL!!! that's good stuff. they filmed me during one of their rescues. if you see the 5min. intro clip. i'm the guy saying...."next thing you know, i heard a loud screeching noise"..."nothing worked" and footage of my trophy getting towed!!

how embarassing.....but Capt. Randy is an awesome guy. i've met him twice so far....he' my savior!
It can happen to the best of us. There are some things that just cant be remedied on the water. Such as outdrives.

Post a link all I get is the sailboat.


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Thank you all for the feedback. Keep it coming, good or bad. We are also looking for video or pictures of any ocean rescues anyone might have. Please submit them and if we use it we will give you credit. We are also looking for links for existing rescue videos you might run across and think others would like to see.

Please, keep the comments coming. It will help us make a better product.

Thanks again and great community you guys and gals have here. I refer boaters to it all the time.
 

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There has been a lot of interest in what we are doing and it probably will end up on tv. Our goal though is to not have it end up a boater bashing series like Cops. We want control of the finished product, if we are to be involved. If someone is willing to turn into a Deadliest Catch type show, we are all for it.
 

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OceanRescueTV said:
There has been a lot of interest in what we are doing and it probably will end up on tv. Our goal though is to not have it end up a boater bashing series like Cops. We want control of the finished product, if we are to be involved. If someone is willing to turn into a Deadliest Catch type show, we are all for it.
Just food for thought. You will have cases where the boater has no clue how to use their GPS and VA has a hard time finding the boater as a result. In these cases the boater will look bad, but it could be a great way of teaching people to learn how to use their electronics.



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That was actually one of our main goals when we started this project. Very few of us will take the time to watch an educational video, much less remember the lessons being taught. By watching other peoples mistakes, mishaps, bad luck, bad weather encounters, breakdowns, and so on we hoped boaters would learn from the mistakes as well as the right actions of others.

We all make mistakes and that is where we often times come in, but we try not to highlight the mistakes but rather focus on the rescue or salvage. The ocean is also a very unpredictable place and no mater how prepared we are, things happen. By being prepared the outcome is often times positive and we try to show that as well, such as the case of the Catalina in gale force conditions.
 

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Channel Watch Marine said:
That was actually one of our main goals when we started this project. Very few of us will take the time to watch an educational video, much less remember the lessons being taught. By watching other peoples mistakes, mishaps, bad luck, bad weather encounters, breakdowns, and so on we hoped boaters would learn from the mistakes as well as the right actions of others.

We all make mistakes and that is where we often times come in, but we try not to highlight the mistakes but rather focus on the rescue or salvage. The ocean is also a very unpredictable place and no mater how prepared we are, things happen. By being prepared the outcome is often times positive and we try to show that as well, such as the case of the Catalina in gale force conditions.
Sounds great! I am sure it will do alot of people good. The best of luck with your venture! I will be watching for sure!!


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