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Fatal Storm"...Paddy Broughton was wearing a hydrostatic..."
i just finished reading "Fatal Storm" just a few hours ago! It's about the Sydney-Hobart race in 1998.
Page 232, "Our mastman, Paddy Broughton, was wearing a hydrostatic life jacket..Paddy thought the best thing to keep water away from the automatic inflation device was to put it under his...wet weather jacket and harness...." The bow went under with Paddy on the foredeck.
The short of it is people watched as Paddy pounded his chest in "apparent pain", "he pulled a knife and started stabbing himself in the chest, or at least it appeared that way to us."
"His safety harness wouldn't let the jacket expand, so his chest was being crushed".
Great book to read along with "Fastnet, Force 10".
If you don’t know where you are going,
Any wind will get you there