This is sensationalism at its worst!...The murder comes just two months after retired management consultant Roger Pratt, 62, was murdered and his wife Margaret, 60, injured when robbers attacked their yacht as it lay moored off the Caribbean island of St Lucia.
Exactly...What a poorly written article!
First the implication is that the Norwegian GF killed him and ran away to Norway. Then the author reveals that they have been a couple for some time and the GF always flies home to Norway ahead of him. Then there are two lines where a friend says it may have been an accident, and that he may have bent over a gas canister. Then the implication changes to he was murdered by boat boys of St Vincent.
This is sensationalism at its worst!...
Given the questionable evidence in the article, it seems far more likely that he was the victim of an onboard gas explosion, which he survived long enough to don a life vest, and then succumbed to his injuries.
I forgot where I read the article about this boat explosion. It was not the Rio Dulce link above, nor could I find this tidbit there. However, it seems that the rat (yes, the rodent with a long tail) that chewed through the propane line was seen after the explosion floating on a throwable PFD. It seems that they are the first to leave... Perhaps this is the "guilty party" to which you are referring in the above post?...---------------- in a related story posted by Jon Eisberg immediately above--------
Do you have gas alarms? Some don't. In the post above Jon has a photo of a gas explosion in the Rio Dulce. Here's more info on the cause of that explosion. It seems the guilty party got away.
Follow Jon's link for the photo.
"Divers Doug of s/v Dances With Wind and Vito of s/v Blue Island recovered the propane stove from s/v Panacea which exploded yesterday morning. They discovered that the rubber hose to the stove had been chewed through by a rat. The rat, which survived the explosion was last seen floating on a cushion, heading downriver. Still no update on the condition of Richard who remains in intensive care in a Guatemala City hospital. The propane tank was later discovered. It was not equipped with a 12 volt safety cutoff solenoid and one control knob on the stove was in the open position."
You can read the entire paper here; The Physics of ExplosionsWhat makes it so devastating is the fact that 15,000 lbs of gasoline contain the energy equivalent of 150,000 lbs of TNT.
1 gallon of gasoline = 20 sticks of dynamite!
Nope, a 3GM30. Funny you should mention gasoline. I was going to put it as the #2 worst thing to have aboard... hmmm, an Alberg 35. That wouldn't be powered by an Atomic Four, would it?
Consider this quote from Richard Mueller's The Physics of Explosions about gasoline;
You can read the entire paper here; The Physics of Explosions
[EDIT - adding this]
From Gasoline Safety - City of Bellingham, WA
I referred to this one happened early this year. One is just too many for me to bear."It seems happened too often for yachties"
What exactly does that mean?
So far I have avoided having a motor for the dink but will eventually give in. I don't have much problem with a small tank of gasoline out in the open where it can be seen. The chances for fume build-up/explosion are pretty low. I mostly just don't want to have to deal with another registration and another fuel container to schlep around. Nor do I want to have to worry about locking the damned motor up, mounting it on the rail when not in use, etc. It would just add one more level of complication. I can easily just heft my little dink up right over the lifelines when not in use and grab the painter to tilt it up to drain out rainwater.Agreed with that, but I do like to use the oven, and I don't like to row my dinghy with more than me aboard...
Yes, and your earlier statement "Funny you should mention gasoline. I was going to put it as the #2 worst thing to have aboard "So far I have avoided having a motor for the dink but will eventually give in. I don't have much problem with a small tank of gasoline out in the open where it can be seen.