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post #336 of Old 08-05-2013
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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013

Good question for an admiralty lawyer. Had one experience where one crew(and owner) lost it after blowing out a through hull while dealing with a storm. His brother contained him in the forward berth and we forgot about him until our pressing issues were dealt with. All people on the boat by explicit or tactic action agreed with the move. That individual realized it was the right move afterward as well. Think you do what you to have to do to keep everyone safe ( including the violent person) and worry about the lawyers afterward. Isolate and contain the person without injury( maybe sleeping bags and duck tape are an option or locking them in a stateroom if layout allows). If issue is unhappiness and immediate safety not involved personally would let crew have access to SSB or satphone and work things out him/herself. Suspect if an outside person explained their limited options they would chill and make the best of it or be gone if it could be arranged. Either would be good. Would view it as their problem so they should work it out. Issue in this scenario seem to also included perception of danger due to water and behavior. More problematic. Would probably take them off watch schedule in attempt to quite things down. Another reason to choose wisely before such events occur. Sounds like all souls made landfall so don't know legalities or what action I would suggest. Would follow prudent man line of thinking. My 2 cents.

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