Originally Posted by smurphny
...They threw the freaking anchor in??? It doesn't sound like it was a sea anchor. Let's see--a couple hundred pounds of chain and anchor, dead weight being jerked up and down..lucky they didn't rip the bow off and rig along with it.
We have no way of knowing if the writer of the article is a boater. They could have said sea anchor and it got lost in translation.
The article also said that the sails were shredded. That along with no engine and no navigation lights would make them a hazard to others as well as themselves since they'd have no way to make way other than to drift where the stream takes them.
Not arguing for or against their judgment, I just don't think this short article tells the entire story and thus I think we shouldn't jump too quickly.
Stories like this are good for discussion rather than disparaging.