VIDEO Madness in Imperia: they throw a rocket at him, he loses his eye


Give or treat yourself to a subscription to the print + digital Journal of Sailing and for only 69 euros a year you get the magazine at home plus read it on your PC, smartphone and tablet. With a sea of advantages.

imperiaA moment of madness turns into tragedy. During one of the festive evenings at the Vele d’Epoca in Imperia, an American shipowner, William McInnes (71), thoughtfully joined in the pyrotechnic festivities by exploding some flares. Alcohol fumes caused him to fire one at eye level, toward the crowd on the platform. At the expense was 49-year-old Sergio Galvagno of Imperia, who lost an eye and was kept many hours in a medically induced coma. The man, according to sources, has severe neurological deficits. The eye of the drone that was filming the event caught the incident.


One recommendation in addition to the one, as obvious as it is necessary, not to imitate the American’s gesture: that you do not think of improperly using expired flares, which you should instead dispose of properly. The problem, when it comes to fires, flares and buoys, is not so much the weather but the humidity. Try to preserve them, during winterization, in hermetically sealed packages: best to leave them on board because they are considered Class A explosive material, on par with TNT and dynamite, so if you were caught with the fires in your car, or anywhere other than the boat, it would be pain. Don’t throw away expired fires if you are sure you have handled them well: place them alongside those in good standing by setting up a few extra grab bags in accessible places on your boat. An expired but working smoke buoy, for example, will be very useful in the case of a man overboard: throw it into the water near where the fall occurred, you will have an extra clue to recover the missing person. In theory, expired fires should be taken back, by law, by those who sold them to you. But this is Italy, and things don’t work that way: be aware, however, that law enforcement agencies are authorized to collect expired fires. May you not think of throwing them into a dumpster!




Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Check out the latest issue

Are you already a subscriber?

Ultimi annunci
Our social

Sign up for our Newsletter

We give you a gift

Sailing, its stories, all boats, accessories. Sign up now for our free newsletter and receive the best news selected by the Sailing Newspaper editorial staff each week. Plus we give you one month of GdV digitally on PC, Tablet, Smartphone. Enter your email below, agree to the Privacy Policy and click the “sign me up” button. You will receive a code to activate your month of GdV for free!

Once you click on the button below check your mailbox



You may also be interested in.

Now you have the incentive if you buy an electric motor

  Incentives are coming for the purchase of a marine electric motor. After years of vain waiting, bureaucratic delays and the feeling of being practically “invisible” in the eyes of the government in that much-ballyhooed race for “ecological transition,” a

Here are the right self-inflating jackets to sail safely

Self-inflating jackets are personal protective equipment that ensure the safety of the entire crew. Just as we wear helmets when we ride motorcycles, when we are sailing life jackets and can mean the difference between life and death. By wearing

VIDEO New Generation Parasailor. We tried the supersail

The cruising world is increasingly witnessing the demise of spinnakers. There is little that can be done, no one uses them (almost) anymore. And perhaps rightly so, because, outside the regatta, it is an “uncomfortable” sail. The solution is often


Sign in