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Re: Recreational Sailboat vs. Tugboat with Barge: Who Has the Right of Way? - See mor
It's obvious that the freighter above was sinking, and the quick-thinking skipper beached the boat to keep it from going down. You can see the steady stream of what must be a bilge pump outlet coming from the starboard side the whole video.
We were almost run down on a clear, sunny day about 150 miles off Dingle, Ireland. by the Massachussetts Training Vessel Bay State. In the middle of the ocean, on a calm day, they bore down on us until we started the motor and executed an evasive maneuver. They still passed within 100 yards. No one on deck, no response on the radio. I remember especially because we could read the name on the starboard bow in letters that we cold tell were 2' high. If that is how they are training crews, that's why its a good idea to steer clear of them.
"Sinking"? never thought of that. Your incident sounds similar to ours, not even a blink on the ship's part.