Not much Vetting took place. If you meet each other for the 1st time in your life @ 11 p.m. and you set sail @ 9 a.m. the next morning, how much can you really learn.
I wouldn't get in a car and go for milk and bread with someone I didn't know, let alone go to sea.
Chef, aren't you "assuming" that the guy lied about taking drugs? "assuming" that he intentionally took his own life?
There could be a very simple explanation for the Flyby conversation regarding the drugs. He could have assumed the captain was asking about "illegal" drugs. ( which is what he was reported to explain) I might answer the same way if someone asked me if I took drugs. Words do matter. If someone asked are you taking any " medications" for example, that may have elicited a different answer.
Sure, the guy could have been lying or rather not forthcoming, to cover up his illnesses in order to get a berth, but we'll never know now.
Sure, there's back stories to everything. I wonder, how long the guy was taking some of those medications, particularly the antidepressants, before he arrived. Were they newly prescribed? With not a sufficient time period to evaluate any interactions or side effects? Why were they needed?
I also, wonder why a licensed captain who makes his living from his boat and license would even contemplate allowing marijuana on their vessel? AFAIK
your vessel can be seized for mere possession, and you could lose your license.
The Captain is lucky he didn't get caught in N.J. with a firearm onboard, he'd never see the light of day, that's how crazy our laws are.
The Trial starts tomorrow, I guess we'll all find out soon enough what the missing pieces are. Maybe the Judge will just order he be whacked over the head twice with a winch handle and sent on his way.