I refused to read the article after this line
The forecast was for winds from the west at 40 knots, gusting to 50 for the next 24 hours.
Knowing that we were well prepared for these conditions, Hilgenberg gave us the green light to go.
Thanks for posting the article as it beggars belief.
Only an idiot would go to sea in those conditions. Only a real IDIOT! And to say some weather router gave them the 'green light' is just foolish to the extreme.
If people wish to head out from port in 40-50kts they are not just risking lives they are making a culpable negligent foolhardy decision.
They rile me at their gross stupidity.
I think I need a coffee. Ooops, no, that too stimulating..... maybe a quiet walk along the beach.