Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Getting off isn't always a safe and easy option. There's been plenty of rescues that've ended up nearly killing the people being rescued. I can think of 2 in the recent year. S/V Triumph were the captain nearly drowned and the Liahona which got crushed by the bulb of the container ship as it came along side them.
The example given in the article of Marine Flower II is a pretty poor counter example too. Why on Earth would someone sail a 64ft ketch if they were going to possibly end up single handling it?