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Of course they are. Any vessel from basic Coastal navigation (7 mile radius from port) here, have to have a life raft. From Unlimited Coastal, they need EPIRB self deployed raft, etc. and as the boat sails further away from Port, Oceanic ceritification, they need BY LAW all safety equipment.
We are required all the gear, but if you have no time to get to it..
Specially fishing vessels, but the violence of the surf was so great they couldn't do anything other than climb onto the side of the vessel and hold on for dear life.
Try to do anything on a boat that is grounded sideways, with the deck facing the waves (reported 15' and higher), at 7 am in the dark, no power!!
Its easy to say where are the vests, the suits, the raft, they were all there, they just had no time. It looks like that some crew were sleeping and they were doing the final "turn" before heading back. They say they don't know what happened. All they know is they were outside holding on, the water was not cold in oreder to kill, but the surf was very very violent. I know I went sailing that day, too, further south, and it was blowing over 20kts with masive waves.
On that region, in the east coast, the beaches are very very dangerous, as the sea has no mercy there.
Poor guys...what pisses me off is all the money my governement spends in stupid submarines (bought 3, but they are French, probably only dive once!!!), and other useless crap, like Soccer fields for the Euro Cup (that we lost to the Greek in 2004, not even good at that), and Expo this Expo that, and in the mean time, it takes 3 hours for a heli to get to a place less than 50 miles from this....
Ahhhh, am I mad now....