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Re: Suicide at Sea and captain charged
Maybe I'm syndical but this "He then climbed up and over the wiring railing and leaped off the port side of the boat. His head hit the railing on the way down." has hairs on it. Could this statement have been made to cover the fact that if the search party did recover the body it would explain the head wounds, which may or may not have happened prior to the big splash?
That was exactly my thought when I read that sentence. This was reportedly in calm seas and <5knots wind. Of course we don't know what state he was in but just 'leaping' of the boat in calm seas would usually not getting someone hit his head 'on the railing' (I suppose they meant the toe rail?). Perhaps the boat made a really unusual lurch just at that moment but that seems unlikely, and wouldn't the witnesses have commented on that?
None of us (or the potential jury) was there but to me it sounds questionable.
Last edited by MastUndSchotbruch; 12-14-2018 at 12:21 PM.
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