Hmmm. I wonder if these three guys went swimming and got carried away by the current
Several times I've been tempted to jump in the water
to go for a swim offshore
. I have always resisted the urge. I think about great whites and other creatures from the deep.
If there were three guys on board, an accidental MOB
problem wouldn't happen because it's unlikely that all three would fall overboard
at the same time. But intentional MOB by going swimming is definitely in the realm of possibility. You simply take a dip in the water
to refresh yourself before lunch.
When we jump off our boat in unknown water, we usually throw a line in the water so that we can see what the current
is doing. Sometimes it's surprising to see the line streaming straight away from the boat rather than hanging down under the yacht.
Currents on the Ozzie coast can be awesomely powerful. While we were crusing in OZ, there were several trawlers pulling nets along the bottom, and they hooked their nets on reefs
and underwater obstructions. You might not think that would be a problem at first glance. But what happens is that the current is running so fast that the boat gets pulled under and sinks in just a few minutes. The boat is tethered to the bottom by the net, and if they can't immediately release the net, the current continues their forward motion, and the pull of the net quickly capsizes the trawler
. It happened to a large commercial trawler
from our Marina in Mooloolaba.
The article in the Ozzie paper also noted that there were strong tradewinds blowing as well. It could be that they were swimming, and the high windage of the catamaran
caused it to sail away from them faster than they could swim when the wind
I'll bet that either a strong current carried them away from the yacht while they were going for a swim, or an unexpected onslaught of wind
carried the yacht away from them during their swim. Or perhaps wind and current together did the dastardly deed.