Portland Bridge Swim 2017

The past weekend has been a busy one for us here at IBC in the shop and on the water. Sunday the 9th IBC was on hand to provide security, rescue, and safety to the Portland Bridge Swim.

IBC’s Mike was on the water lending a hand to swimmers in distress as well as some boaters too. The day started out simple and slow but before the swimmers had reached the end of Ross Island Mike had already secured a boat fire and taken the vessel into tow. Mike’s Bombard Commando C4R made quick work out of the Four Winns cuddy cabin with a side tow setup to the Bombard Commandos’s hog strap. The Tohatsu TLDI 40HP outboard took the stricken vessel upriver effortlessly and put her into place at Willamette Park Boat Ramp docks. Upon leaving the area to rejoin the swimmers and resume patrol Mike came upon another older wooden vessel who was DIW (dead in the water). Once again the Bombard Commando C4 was put into rescue and salvage service for a boat much larger and heavier than the Four Winns cabin boat he just quit. After a short time Mike had the other stricken vessel secured at the dock and was back on patrol.

By now the Sun was higher in the sky and there were a great many boats on the water both commercial and recreational. IBC was tasked at this point to maintain a safety corridor for swimmers transiting down river. The duty was easy for Mike’s Bombard Commando  rigged with the Tohatsu TLDI. The Tohatsu TLDI 40hp is a two stroke low pressure direct injection  motor with legendary performance and CARB 3 STAR rating for ultra low emissions. Interception and rerouting of marine traffic was no problem for the Bombard Commando and the Tohatsu TLDI 40 coupled to IBC’s Mike and his ICOM M88 radio.

As Swan Island loomed large so did the US Navy ships and their special security needs. All boats , swimmers, etc. had to maintain a 200 yard exclusion zone from the US Naval vessels and special LEO units were on hand to enforce that rule. Upon seeing Mike arrive in his C4 Commando wearing Inflatable Boat Center banners duties were transferred over to IBC. Mike positioned committee boats along the zone for exclusion and course guidance and set up comms for the duration of the event transit. When IBC’s Mike was properly relieved he quit the zone and got underway for area Gulf to ensure swimmer safety and traffic rules were being met and enforced on the water. Much of IBC’s time in area Gulf was in the realm of interception due to the Bombard Commando’s high rate of speed and maneuverability Mike was able to catch every boat type from ski to fishing to commercial who entered the course or operated in an unsafe manner. Luckily no one was ticketed and everyone was happy to comply once they found out there were swimmers in the zone. Perhaps what is most telling is the boat owners who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars were all humbled publicly by IBC’s Mike with his C4 Commando!

All in all the days event went without any real issues with only some minor rescues and a couple of tows, all done with the Bombard Commando C4, Tohatsu TLDI 40 (with Prop Guard), and our crusty rescue/salvage sailor Mike representing IBC on the water.

To get your own inflatable boat give us a call here at The Inflatable Boat Center (503)235-2628 and speak to one of our friendly staff about your next adventure.