Originally Posted by astraeus
Just curious if anyone knows, if this is indeed Starwind's boat, can he be liable to SV for the salvage?
Again, from FreeAdvice.com:
What rights does the salvor have who saves a vessel?
A salvor who has earned the right to a salvage award for the successful voluntary salvage to a vessel in peril has a preferred maritime lien on the vessel. However, a salvor must surrender possession of the vessel to the owner on demand if the owner posts reasonable security for the claim. If the owner declines to post sufficient security to pay salvage charges, the salvor must turn the vessel over to the U. S. Marshall and proceed to foreclose the maritime lien.