I've done a lot of solo sailing myself,. And while your thoughts and observations are absolutely valid and smart they are slightly unfounded.
What about a ditch bag? why did he fall asleep with his life raft tied to the sinking boat? Cushion to plug
I've never sank a boat far offshore
but I once was on a boat that sank 10 miles outside the Beaufort
NC inlet and we could not tack weld a steel
plate to the above the water line hole because every time a wave hit it blew the 3-1/4in steel
sheet back into the engine
room. I was a trained underwater welder and long time saturation diver at the time so experiance was on my side and I still could not beat the sea with many hands helping me.
I did not think once to put my survival suit on in winter because I was on a sinking boat and at that was my job at the time. Forget food
, water or anything. A million things are going through your mind because you know you're dead somewhere deep down. We all ended up surviving out of luck. One of the guys jumped into the life raft jump feet first and went straight through the bottom of her. And all I could think was oh **** we are sinking with dead fish
on the boat.
Calling for help on a sinking boat is about the last thing that occurs in your mind because mostly your in disbelief it's happing. And calling for help feels like you're giving up and signing your own death certificate because givin the right conditions you know you won't be found. I remember yelling grab the EPIRB
more than 20 times and we landed in the raft without it.
He represents IMHO the majority of people in that situation. Look at the Captain
of the Bounty for example and the testimonies, It was not the first Hurricane
he took that boat through and look at the amount of poor decisions he made and probably made in all storms before where they came out lucky.
I like how they directed the Movie. The woulda, shoulda, coulda is the same way people would evaluate you're situation if god forbid you ever had to face that.
While I never had to abandon ship 100's of miles at sea I can tell you after doing it no matter what training you have and ideas you have it's way different in real life. When I was in sat school
I had to complete a helicopter crash escape course and two of my classmates that took the course with me died in a actual at sea helo ditching at a low altitude which is exactly what we were trained for.
The mind is a funny
thing and you don't know what you'll do until you actually face that situation. Everyday I sail I still roll over that memory of woulda shoulda coulda in my past and I know in the end we were all just lucky. That's how it all happens most of the time when you're in a rescue
I even used to picture how I'd get in a lift
basket in heavy seas and was trained to do it. Every time a roller with a white cape hit me I was another 60 yards away. Opps I forgot to duck dive because I was actually struggling for my life this time. I was a former Navy Salvage
and EOD diver. I've had actually been plucked by basket several times in my career.
I good friend that was a former Navy
SEAL told me once 4 SEALs
died parachuting into heavy seas off of Grenada
which is a situation they train for on a regular basis.
My point is you don't know what you'll do when in the real deal. His mistakes
actually made the movie believable.