As the original thread starter......I find this thing boiling down to who would have done what, and he should have done this or that or not....funny I never once thought of that. Never crossed my mind....I was admiring how well the boat design took to the conditions.
We all have different risk tolerances, and training, and experience, and different boats. I give you an example.
I have worked in the Bearing Sea since 1980. I was a deck
hand king crabbing for 5 years, then we converted the boat to a trawler
and I ran it for the last 25 or so. Winter and summer....I was taught by the best people in the business to basically go quietly about my business. I got severely lashed verbally by my original skipper
, he caught me going on about what we had just gone through. He told me, "on this boat, we don't have scary stories" Those are for the guys in the bar, who's boat is a mess, and the are one slip up from falling apart. Be a professional, shut up and get it done.
Well that all worked until the TV show came out.....now I cannot tell people what I do without Oh...Ahh...wow do you know those guys on the show?
Yes...(groan)... I know them all. Before the show they were just regular crabbers (silver back knuckle draggers)....and now the are stars, and have to create drama for the show. I had a friend recently quit the show, they wanted him to fire a guy (fake) in a yelling match, and wanted his wife to fake puking in the head
. It is embarrassing to most of us in the Biz.
My point? Well...ahhh....I have been told my whole life how dangerous or crazy my line of work is. But it has never felt that way. You do everything in your power to make it right, and deal with it.
I don't think we can judge this guys actions by our own experience or beliefs. It is easy to do, but I don't think it is good to do. It made good drama, only because the camera
was rolling. Then it freaked everyone out. I suspect the guy is real glad he made it, was not all that thrilled about having to do it, and would rather not have to do it again if he could. I have felt the same way many times. Glad when it is over, but it is part of what we do. Real glad his boat was capable, and things went good.