As I keep bringing up, how would YOU feel if you were floating around / nearly drowning, for over THREE HOURS while people were on their deck standing next to TWO RESCUE LIFEBOATS?
Stop telling me how wonderful these people are, and tell us how YOU WOULD FEEL as you sunk, and only regained the surface after you vomited and expelled the water from your body; only to do that again, and again, and again, for over 3 hours?
How would you feel after that experience about using or not using any rescue life boats for MOB cases if you were drowning?
Simple question Jon.
That's a fair question, impossible to answer with certainty, of course... I suspect I would feel very much the same as you did at the time, although I would imagine there would be a pretty heavy dose of kicking myself for the mistakes I had made that had gotten myself into that situation to begin with... And, once I had made my way back to the TRIUMPH, I would imagine there would be no freakin' way I'd leave the boat a second time until a secure tether to the KJ had been established somehow... (going by my recollection of your story, I may have misunderstood something about that particular chain of events)
However, in the wake of my rescue, if I ever summoned the nerve to relate my story - as you have admirably done so here - I would simply hope
that I would exercise a bit more restraint, and temper my remarks about the actions of the ship and crew that came to my rescue, and refrain from using a word like "inhumane" to characterize their actions... But, hopefully we'll never know the definitive answer to that...
Here's a video from Canadian TV on the rescue of the crew of the s/v SANCTUARY, shows what a risky business bringing 2 boats together in a seaway can be... At about 1:20 in, you can clearly see how close one of the crew came to getting crushed between the 2 boats, that was an extremely close call:
NBC News: Cruise ship rescues 5 from sinking sailboat on MSN Video