But added to this--the steering pedestal was apparently broken by the impact of the hit from the husband. If this actually occurred, then they were at risk of losing their ability to steer, at any moment, without additional warning.It didn't sound like the boat was sinking or taking on additional water, but from what I could piece from the story the hypothermia and overall condition of the two and the loss of life raft and effective communications, along with the ongoing sea state, meant the situation was pretty dicey and no room whatsoever for bad luck or error. So the evacuation, while no doubt a gut wrenching decision, seemed warranted.
Looks as of they have..So, did they get their boat back? The article reads like they found broken bits, after the fact. Seems unlikely, but if they did, that's quite a story.