Can't resit this one. After reading about "Deep Blue" and using a spade myself for a couple of years.
My re-creation goes like this. The pin fell out before the anchor went in the water
, maybe the nut wasn't tight, maybe the pin wasn't installed at all?
The only way that the shank could separate from the spade part is in free fall to the bottom. Once the anchor hooks up, there is no way that those pieces will come apart.
So-- they dropped a shank on the bottom and never set it or checked it. Then they want somebody else to pay for poor seamanship?
I have seen this- a sailor throws out the anchor, cleats
it and goes below,drifts a HALF MILE. He does this THREE times. Then finally picks up a $20 mooring
on a 5000 lb block.
People do silly things. These same things can kill .