Originally Posted by paulk
NYT article this morning says each crew wore short-term oxygen supply - just in case. Would make it appear that Simpson was knocked unconscious or otherwise unable to get to it.
Apparently, the tanks supply about 3 minutes of air IF
used sparingly. Tough to do while getting tossed around under a 72 foot cat in the cold murky waters of the SF Bay, after having possibly fallen 5 stories (in a full pitch pole)! Simpson was under for 10 minutes anyway.
They also carry knives to cut rigging.
One of the AC guys said they are now re thinking wearing the PFD's under the shirts, as the sailor doesn't have the option of removing the PFD if it's pinning him up into the wreckage. I wondered why they wore them that way, and assumed it was to reduce wind resistance, as it looks odd. Anyway, if everyone wears them on the outside, all things are equal.