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radioguy 09-10-2010 08:29 AM

If someone gets killed in the middle of the ocean....
 
If someone gets killed in the middle of the ocean... What country would be responsible for prosecuting the murderer?

LandLocked66c 09-10-2010 08:41 AM

Ha, probably whichever country the boat calls from? Dunno

rockDAWG 09-10-2010 08:42 AM

Are you planning something in the near future? Note to self: Do not reply to his post for crews. :p

I would think it will be the country that boat last leave the port.

Boasun 09-10-2010 08:43 AM

What flag is the boat registered under?
And I won't reply for his request for crew either.....:eek:

radioguy 09-10-2010 08:47 AM

By the way I need crew to go on a circumnavigation!!!

zz4gta 09-10-2010 08:47 AM

Doesn't really matter, by the time they figure it out, you'll be long gone.

trisstan87 09-10-2010 08:56 AM

You know what is troubling? Radio ask about someone being 'Killed.' That implies an act of murder. Had you said 'Died' that would be a bit more innocent. If you DO kill someone in the ocean I don't see why anyone would ever find a body. Just take a lesson from the Sopranos when they whacked big puss and dumped him in the ocean. All you would have to say is you went down off your watch and when you came back on deck no one was there! Spooky, and no way to disprove it unless you screw up!
Why do I feel like I just helped someone plan a 187?

RichH 09-10-2010 08:57 AM

In the past, the venue for trial and incarceration/execution would be the country that you LAST were physically present - as was the accepted practice of maritime international law from a long time ago.

So, the correct answer may be different in todays lawyer ultra-controlled world. Nowadays it might even be the country of which lawyer can produce/demand the highest inflated 'billable hours'.

jldooley 09-10-2010 09:02 AM

My first thought: "If someone gets killed in the middle of the ocean" and there are no witnesses, is anyone going to care.
kill someone with witnessess...

smackdaddy 09-10-2010 09:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trisstan87 (Post 642073)
You know what is troubling? Radio ask about someone being 'Killed.' That implies an act of murder. Had you said 'Died' that would be a bit more innocent. If you DO kill someone in the ocean I don't see why anyone would ever find a body. Just take a lesson from the Sopranos when they whacked big puss and dumped him in the ocean. All you would have to say is you went down off your watch and when you came back on deck no one was there! Spooky, and no way to disprove it unless you screw up!
Why do I feel like I just helped someone plan a 187?

There was actually a thread around here that was about a story where that exact thing happened. Some dude sailed into port and said the skipper of the boat had gone over several days before during a night watch. People wondered why he didn't call it in and just kept sailing for several more days. Don't remember how it turned out.


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