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post #2 of Old 01-28-2013
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Re: Run down by a Tug or Barge

Who knows? One man's "run down by (tug, barge, or both)" may be another man's "sailed right in front of (same same)". the article doesn't give us enough info to know which. Glad they were rescued and are okay.

I tend to step up for the large commercial vessel(s) just on general principle at least initially, since on the sailing forums there can be a tendency to do the opposite ("maybe they were run down by a ship") and assume the ships like to do hit-runs and sail away laughing. Once the facts are known, often we learn there was no ship anywhere near--or, there was and the navigators tried to communicate and avoid, but just couldn't. And then stayed to rescue the crew.

And yes, I know sometimes ships hit sailboat and are unaware it even happened, and I don't defend that, just that it shouldn't be our automatic opening salvo.

PS Dabnis, I'm not attributing this to you, am just saying in general.
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