All went well until we were exiting. The final step is to tie off at the dock and pull a chain to reset the lock for the next person. Somehow, in the process of trying to tie off the boat and pull the chain at the same time, Jim lost his balance and fell into the water between the boat and the dock. Being concerned about getting squished between boat and dock, he first tried to pull himself up onto the dock. In the process he managed to become way too close and personal with the many barnacles attached to the pilings. But it was just too high of a stretch and he couldn’t do it.
My inclination was to get off the boat and help pull him up, but he was concerned that the boat might float off without either of us. He just wanted me to throw him another dock line which I did. He fastened it to one of the pilings and had me hold on to the other end while he stepped on it, effectively using it as a one rung ladder. Pretty clever and it worked. His comment afterwards was “Well, that was refreshing”! That is quite a statement from someone who thinks any water less than 100 degrees is cold!!
His binoculars which he had around his neck survived (they are waterproof), his Tilley Hat didn’t float away, two knives stayed in his pockets and his watch continues to run. Although his legs are quite scratched up, the only “tragedy” was his magnifying glass that he uses regularly. Apparently it neither floats nor stays put in a pocket. Luckily he has a second one!
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