My comments were directed to the speculation raised in the news reports and comments doing the rounds.
One thing that a court does in assessing the situation, is to plot a timeline and bring in the actualities, who did what, when, who said what, when, and put the physical development of the problem as it fits into the picture.
It is not until these factors are laid out can we assess the reality, for example, if the 22 year old skipper was indeed incapable of being a skipper, (and in saying that, it has nothing to do with criminality which is what this case is about). or if indeed reported conversations between home base and the vessel were as stated.
I have, as we all have, suspicions and leanings towards a viewpoint, yet this is based only on what information I read in the news.
As a 29 year old medic in my first verbal deposition in a courtroom, the Judge took 5 minutes to explain to me that he did not want to hear ANYTHING of my opinion, just the facts of what occurred. I was there to present the wheres, the whys and the hows. I vividly remember being asked specific questions, the times, how drugs were adminstered, the physical impact on the patient after administration, the timeline and sequence of events
as they happened, the names of the staff involved, who instructed who and the response time between instruction and execution of the instruction.
I concur with Boaties point that the condition of the vessel given to a delivery skipper is sometimes not of the best. It is indeed difficult for a DS to know the boat is 'safe', yet he or she has to make that assessment before assuming command.
For a criminal charge to be filed, there must be evidence enough of transgression of law and culpability in law for the owners of the company. Lives were lost
. A very serious situation that the prosecution feel that they can prove in law against the company.
There is nothing that can be done for the crew. The best we can expect is that the facts/truth emerges, lessons learned and those that are living if found guilty of criminal actions, will be removed judiciously from involvement in boating
and perhaps be detained at her majesty's pleasure for a time to reflect on their actions.
Everyone that was involved, played a part in this tragedy. It is the criminal aspect that is up for investigation, and that is a little different from the eventuality only in as much as it will determine whether or not the outcome was due to preventable or illegal actions on the part of the company.
I have long passed accepting anything as a foregone conclusion without examining the evidence in minute detail. Facts are a wonderful thing.
CF followed this event from the report of the boat capsize
and reported every detail on the forum. Many gave support in various ways to the families.
Now the courts will determine the events
and lay it finally to rest for everyone.
And in doing that, it will not change the outcome for these men
, but perhaps will serve as a lesson for the rest of us.