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Re: Suicide at Sea and captain charged
Every one of these disaster discussions ends up with "Well you wern't there how the hell would you know"
No, none of us were there and I think everyone realises that.
But theres lots we can LEARN about how we would react in a similar situation. Thats why these discussions are valuable!
If you see someone fall overboard yes they will be sinking at the moment the go under the water. But a boat speed is 100 feet per knot per minute so if the boat was going 5 knots thats 500 feet per minutes = 8 feet per second. how many seconds did the captain observe the person doing down and NOT coming up?? 5 seconds? 40 feet? on a 40 foot boat?
But I can hold my breath well over 5 seconds. cant I, cant you? So yes, he may have been seen sinking but he would not have had the chance to pop up again. Or was he holding a cannon ball (Master and Commander)?
Yes these questions can only be resolved by a judge and jury but theres no problems with our smart brains learning *now* what we would do,
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