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Re: Bad yacht accident: two dead (one rescuer)

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Originally Posted by Hartley18 View Post
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Whilst it's tragic that the yacht capsized and that some of the crew drowned, what I don't understand is the rescuers sending two boats out into conditions where one of their own people died to save people off a yacht that crossed a closed bar against the advice of the same authorities... Especially if the yacht is headed toward a sandy beach (not rocks) where the yacht is in no danger of breaking up and immediate help is at hand.

If that happened over here, there would be a major coronial inquest and people in authority would be reprimanded for mis-managing the situation! I can only assume (from the other side of the world and based solely on Paulo's posts) that the rescue authorities mis-judged how bad the conditions were.

AIUI, in serious wave conditions it is not a good idea to send out more than one rescue boat since (a) there is a high risk of collision between rescue boats whilst at the scene and (b) you are putting more lives at risk.

Hopefully, in time, we will be told what really happened out there...
Hartley, you are not making much sense. We know what happened there. there is witnesses and the report of the rescuers. On that movie a witness described the accident.

Again, the accident was not near the beach but on the river bar that is far away. The boat did not cross the bar. It was capsized at the bar. There were people on the water trying to survive. They sent what they had available. Two boats can retrieve more quickly several persons from the water and from the sailing boat than one alone. That comment regarding to be dangerous to send two boats because they can collide makes no sense.

One was a big and powerful semi-rigid (the one that capsized) the other a coastal lifeboat also a powerful relatively small boat, both easy to steer. For your information the boats did not collided. When one was retrieving the people on the water (the lifeboat) the semi-rigid was trying to rescue the ones that were in the sailingboat. That was the one that capsized when trying to get alongside to the sailboat.

I don't understand your comment saying that it would be better to let let the sailors on the boat and wait for the boat be washed ashore, several hundreds of meters away just because it was a sand beach. Even retrieving them sooner some were already in really bad shape needing to be hospitalized (two with multiple fractures are in a grave condition). You don't know if the boat would capsize again on the breakers and what would have happened to the ones aboard.

I don't understand also the comment regarding authorities misjudging how bad the conditions were. The bar was closed, they new the conditions were bad that it would be a risky operation...so what? There were lives at risk, should they don't try to save them because it was dangerous? Only the thought is insulting. Around here we don't act that way. When there are lives at risk they try to save them disregarding their own safety. Your comments are even more unfortunate since one of the rescuers died trying to save the lives of the crew.

"people in authority would be reprimanded for mis-managing the situation!"

Really?


on this video we can see better the sea conditions:

http://videos.sapo.pt/yN6cO5ePIdC5YIGJF9n9

Regards

Paulo
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Last edited by PCP; 04-11-2013 at 10:22 PM.
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