Good day all
Thank you all for the good messages on previous posts. I was the master of the vessel at the time of loss, after more than one year after the event I still wonder what i could have done better, and what the exact reason was that the vessel sank.
I am not a man of many words on forums
, was just doing some research
and stumbled upon this thread, so herewith a couple of details.
The damage was not at the skeg, the skeg and rudder
post was mounted inside an aft lazarette, that also acted as a water
ingress did also not come from the stern gland.
I had very limited time on board the vessel that rescued us, and no way of contacting the owner, as I only had boat
papers and my passport with me ( it was all in the grab bag). I proceeded to contact a fellow sailor and my girlfriend to set the process of returning home in motion, although we still had no idea where we were going.
I contacted the owner as soon as I got back to South Africa
There are various inaccurate news reports and blogs that speculate wrong information about this event, the skipper
was definitely not the young man on one of the news articles, he was merely a crew member
Should anyone want more information regarding this you are most welcome to contact me privately.
We are very grateful for our rapid rescue
, and all 4 of us still work
in the maritime industry, one of the crew members on board is in actual fact a deckhand
on the vessel that I am a captain
of in the Caribbean