sailingdog - I agree 100% with what you're saying, but I can't say this about the halyard. We kept the halyard on an untrafficed corner of the cabin floor instead of on the sole, so this wan't as much of a tripping hazard.
Jumping in without a PFD was indeed foolish, which is the reason why I pointed it out :-)
chrondi - very good on the Iraklis = Hercules part! I was trying to avoid saying it was in Greece because then I'd have to admit that the skipper did not have first aid skills and sully some reputations - although he did otherwise handle the situation well and was in control. I was the one with the mild panic. We did try to haul the victim from the stern though, using the incline of the transom.
Anyway, all of these are good points. I wanted to illustrate a real-life situation to point out all these deficiencies.
Ranger 29 - western Long Island Sound