Curtis, the skipper
had confirmed he was not wearing a harness.
But yes I agree, we shouldn't imediatly jump to conclusions. We don't know why he was on deck
, why he wasn't wearing safety gear, why why why... It's always easy to jump to a conclusion. We have to remember that these guys are THE BEST and they have literaly grown up wearing safety gear. Most of the time when they DON'T wear safety, they feel as if they are "naked". Plus the rules are so tight on those boats, I doubt a skipper
would ever knowingly allow any of his crew above deck without safety gear. In fact, most crew know these boats are on such fine lines with safety, few ever take off the inflatables even below and asleep.
So yes, I believe there must be more to this story than we know so far.
Brings me to a question though. Has anyone ever been towed behind a fast moving boat
with a safety line on?? I have in fun in calm water
. And it damn near drowns you. I dunno which is the worse. Being dragged along trying to get air, or free hoping the boat
is going to return and find you.
I certainly see a huge benifit in using those jackets with the clear spray hood
that pull's right over your face and protects you from the waves.