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post #23 of Old 10-23-2012
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Re: How does a boat sink in 15 minutes?

Watched a 128 foot tug we were salvaging sink in about a " very looong 60 sec.". Well kinda watched. I was actually running as fast as I could away from the mooring wall still in a dry suit. It is a very violent and fast affair. If anyone was on board there would have been no way to get off it. Stern bobbed twice and bow rose, whole tug twisted as much as the 3 inch hawsers would allow. Tug became vertical and then was gone.
Bow and stern lines snapped and spring lines became guitar strings melded into a hazard that took a whole shift before management came up with an idea how to break them without breaking anyone in the process.
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