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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island
One of the scariest parts of all this is this.... who among us WOULDN'T, as a matter of routine, pop their head out of the companionway upon hearing an unusual noise on deck?
Certainly my first thought is (was????
) not going to be about a machete-wielding nutcase. Given that, there's really no defence against such an attack, even amongst those of you who travel armed.. realistically how often are you going to take the time to dig out that carefully hidden weapon before having a look-see?
Mark did well to repel the attacker as he did, keep his cool (presumably) and get the best medical help they could under the circumstances. I suspect he'd be in a wee bit more trouble in SVG had he shot and killed the kid, though the local public support and outcry would probably help..
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)