Originally Posted by Roger Long
Operator error and mistakes are an inevitable part of every transportation system. However, there are some decisions that have to be put in a different category. Everything that I can discern about the judgment of his peers tells me that they see this as being one of those.
Yes, I agree. That is also the global consensus on the original Bounty thread.
I guess that if he had survived there would be a strong possibility to be accused of involuntary manslaughter and stand trial, like is going to happen possibly to Costa Concordia Captain.
There are gross errors that are just not admissible in any professional Captain (or any other qualified profession) and that leave questions about the competence of all the others. In that sense I understand why the author of that open letter, specially being another tall ship captain, come forward (as other tall ships Captains) stating that what Bounty's Captain had done was wrong and unacceptable.
I still don't like the way he had done it.