Originally Posted by Ann T. Cate
In terms of keeping the thread to going ballistic with political info, what impacts does this have on cruisers?
I'm thinking if we can keep it focussed on impacts to locally cruising people, maybe the political (and some of it unsolvable) aspects will be less.
was carried out in flat, relatively warm water
. The 11 adults were all reasonably fit and could swim. We were able to take/direct the people to the beach. The other two boats in the bay did not respond to the constant noise
(our very loud horn and the shouting). Our Mayday message was heard in Turkey (12 miles away) but was not responded to or relayed.
What did we learn from the experience? That other people don't want to get involved and cannot be relied upon to help.
Since the event we have been more cautious about choosing our anchorage when it is a moonless night. We have also spent lots of time thinking and discussing the 'what ifs':
What if there had been more people?
What if they couldn't swim?
What if there had been children
What if the sea had been colder?
What if the wind
had been blowing?
What if I hadn't heard them shouting for help?
What if we had been at sea instead of in an anchorage?
I have contacted our insurance
to ask what our cover would be if we had to take people on board, it wouldn't take long for a few very wet people to ruin the upholstery etc.
Changing cruising ground is not really practical, there are desperate people all over the world, maybe inland lake sailing would protect you from the fall out but that's not the point of cruising.