People make bad and even foolhardy decisions on boats all the time. Most of the time nothing bad comes of it. Sometimes it goes very badly. That doesn't change the fact though, that only the people on a given boat know what information was available to them, and who was making decisions from that info.
Those of you who condemn people in distress as dummy's would do well to consider that, and to consider that some of the people on a given boat could be innocent victims of a skipper who made bad decision.
Do us all a favour and put your energy into expressing your hope that everyone makes it back to shore safely, or learning something from the misfortune rather than spouting off about situations you know little to nothing about. It really gets tired.
And thanks XTR for further illuminating what went down.