Originally Posted by wingNwing
I'm waiting for the results of this: Coast Guard to conduct investigation into HMS Bounty sinking
The sea is big and sometimes scary. If we can convince ourselves that other peoples' dumb decisions are the cause of their problems, then we can convince ourselves that since we would NEVER make a decision like that, we would be safe no matter what, and we don't have to face the real truth, that whenever you go to sea, however much you prepare, however vigilant you are, sometimes things will happen that put you at risk that you cannot control.
A skilled mariner does not simply go to sea. They look at their ship, they look at their crew, the look at the weather and the forecasted weather. They look at the risk vs reward of the trip, they look at the need for making the trip, they look at back up plans in case of foul weather, they look at how they can perform damage control, they look at safety gear and equipment, they look at communications equipment.
Sailing is actually very safe if done in a seaman like manner, you make it out to be much more dangerous than it has to be.