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Re: California sailing accident survivor urges new safety rules
First off, this is a horrific tragedy and my heart and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the victims.
That being said, correct me if I am wrong, but I'm pretty sure there is no law stating that this crew could not wear tethering devices, they had them on board. I just don't think we need another law telling us what we have to do. As most things in life, it comes down to personal responsibility. We all have the right and responsibility to educate ourselves on the potential dangers of any sport or activity that we choose to take part in. It is then our responsibility to make what we think is the proper informed decisions based on the specifics of the situation that we find ourselves in. I am extremely new to sailing and even I know that in rough conditions it is advised that you tether yourself to the boat.
Anyway, I hope nobody takes this as insensitive, because it is not meant to be, but I strongly believe that we as sailors and specifically the captain of any vessel are ultimately responsible for our own safety and making the correct choices to ensure our safety. I don't want to be required to be tethered at all times, and if we get governmental regulators involved, I'm afraid that's were we may ultimately end up.