This afternoon, they called First Mate John Svendsen on the stand again. He said that he has a private discussion with the Captain to take Bounty to Bermuda or other safe port in LIS. The Captain said no.
Later they asked if you leave the ship, would the Captain take the boat to the sea. He said YES.
I have observed this Young man John for more than a week. He is abright young man and good sailor, well composed. He will be a good captain with a bright future. I wish him the best.
Yes today puts an end to all of this.
First mate today seemed to be more truthful then before, and even trown the Captain under the bus, as on the first day he was saying he doesn't see a problem with sailing in to the hurricane, today he said he told captain many times not to do it and stay in port or go to Bermuda.
I don't think he will make a good captain - he was the 2nd in command and didn't do anything to stop a boat from _sailing directly in to a Cat II going against Gulf stream_
Also CG said they were not contacted directly by Bounty, no Mayday was issued. Only the plane picked up a request to evacuate (by some accounts)
CG in charge didn't know they declared an emergency. CG asked them to enable EPIRB not the other way around.
CG had an email from Captain reading "Ship is doing _great_, but we can't evacuate water"
Which confused CG a lot, as they didn't understand how the ship could be great if it is sinking.
Also CG recieved info over VHF from bounty "we are taking 2 feet of water an hour, green water over the bow gets in to bilges" no capacity to pump out.
Winds were 90!! MPH.. Eye of the hurricane..
Waves are reported at 20-40' powerful enough to broach the 120' LOD Bounty replica.
I don't know what you thinking, but I think this story should be one taught to every Captain of what NOT TO DO from start to finish, almost every person and system failed on that ship. Some of them said they didn't know they were sailing in to a hurricane.
Thanks goes to the USCG for showing us how to run air and sea ships and systems in a hurricane!