I wonder if they realized how close to death they were? I think the primary mistake was waiting too long to get back onto their boat. A friend spent several days at Pitcairn in the 70s until one night at a shoreside dinner, a local walked in and said '' You have to go to your boat right now". The wind
had shifted and the locals knew that the bay would be untenable in short order. Maybe the locals dont give warnings anymore(I doubt that) or they had a medical
delay? or maybe they didnt liston to local advice and came close to losing boat and maybe life. Any way you look at it, it was a scary situation. Glad they made it.____Grant.