Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea
Speculation is an integral and necessary part of an investigation (a noun, the object of the preposition-of). Without an excellent ability to ask "what if," an investigator has nothing on which to hang subsequent facts. Considering all the possibilities of the story is really the basis for finding the eventual truth. While the speculation on these forums is in no way an official investigation carried out by people paid to find the real story, I would not be a bit surprised to hear that some of those officials had done searches for relevant information and had peeked at the discussion of sailing forums.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.