The crew might still be alive and floating around in a raft but, if there was a catastrophic inversion in such conditions, they very likely may not have been able to retrieve the raft and/or Abandon Ship kit bag, No?
Yeah, I agree. Very serious situation.
Tony Bullimore was 4 days inverted in the southern ocean, see below.
Maybe have been where the leak was coming from... Then in a storm action should have been to drop the sails and motor.... But even with a leak from the keelbolts you wouldn't think the whole thing is gunna snap off.
With sails up inversion in 50 knots would have been instantaneous and have taken just a second or so. Anyone below would still be below.
Theres not much you could do, except as soon as you see the leak dump the sails and wait till better weather... Is there?
''They had not been able to ascertain where the water ingress was from and were diverting to the Azores.
Well, then, you're stuffed, because if the boat is leaking from anything else you want to get to shelter asap.
On 5 January 1997, in the Southern Ocean near 52°S 100°E, Bullimore's boat, Exide Challenger capsized and the majority of press and media reports assumed that the 55-year-old sailor was lost. The Royal Australian Navy launched a rescue mission for Bullimore and another capsized competitor, Thierry Dubois.
Bullimore was alive and managed to survive in an air pocket in the upside-down boat in pitch darkness, having lost his food supplies - his only food was a bar of chocolate. On 9 January, Thierry Dubois was rescued by an Australian S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter embarked on the frigate HMAS Adelaide.
Adelaide then proceeded further south to where the Exide Challenger had been located by a RAAF P-3 Orion. Adelaide dispatched a rigid-hulled inflatable boat to the Exide Challenger where crew members knocked on the hull. Hearing the noise, Bullimore swam out from his boat and was quickly rescued by personnel from Adelaide. HMAS Adelaide then returned both Dubois and Bullimore to Perth. During the return journey, Bullimore met with each member of the boat's crew to thank them for saving his life.