There is always 3 sides to every story......
I have a very close friend that had a similar incident, 100 miles off the coast of Costa Rica
. He had a few encounters with ship traffic that attempted to help him and he tried to the best of his ability to limp to safe harbor. I will state now that he was NOT
mechanically inclined and that was his biggest failure.
After about 3 attempts to get his engine
running he sent a message via the captain
of a freighter, requesting assistance, to be towed to port. The captain
of that freighter notified the Coast Guard that there was a vessel in distress
with no means of making his way to safe harbor.
I was the 1st person that the CG called because I was listed on his EPIRB
(which was never activated) registration
as his emergency
contact. I told the CG that I would fly to Cost Rica and arrange for a tow for his vessel. My actual plan was to fly down and find a fisherman that I could pay to take me out there to straighten the situation out and get him to port.
The CG ignored my statement, they talked Walter into abandoning his vessel. They told him that he was in a "Very remote
area" (sound familiar to this story???) and his chance of being rescued if conditions worsened were very slim. They told him that there was a freighter in the area that was willing to take him off of the boat and that this may be his last chance for survival. He was also informed that there was a storm coming his way (which was not true).
I hate to bad mouth the Coast Guard and I know that their first priority is the safety
of the skipper
& crew but sometimes they sensationalize the situation, the same way that the media does, in an effort to effect a rescue
while conditions are more "Convenient" (I'm not saying that's all bad either).
Some of the stuff that I read on this rescue
sounds a lot like what my friend went through. It seems that there was a chance of this vessel to make it to Bermuda
(judging by their track) in a week or so (or at least close enough to get help). It seems that a transfer of food
may have made the difference. I am very suspicious of why they abandoned that vessel. I just wonder if they weren't talked off and caved in due to fear that may have been placed in them. Possibly being told that there was very little chance of another ship being in their area and that weather
was deteriorating.......I don't know....just a little suspicious..... Like I said in a prior post.....there seems to be some parts
of the puzzle missing here.