Rescue: vessel still missing but family is safe
Being forced to abandon ship in the middle of the Atlantic, the thought of that should strike fear into most sane mariners. Oceans are vast, and life rafts seem pretty insignificant and flimsy when seen bobbing around in them. Unfortunately, leaving their boat/slash home to enter a life raft is exactly what one family recently did, and understandably, it made the news here in the Caribbean.
BOLO – Be on the lookout
“Keep a lookout for the sailing vessel Dove II,” that’s what mariners in the Eastern Caribbean were instructed to do. The rough story I received was that a family had been forced to abandon ship mid-Atlantic, and that their boat was left to drift on its own. Without delving in to the details of exactly what went on, I shared the news post on our Facebook page, hoping to spread the word for those involved. As you might imagine, the story brought out all the armchair sailors who were quick to pass judgement from the safety of their warm and stable houses, or their comfortable salons.
Credit to Monday Never for the excellent video.
This morning I watched a video put together by the folks from Monday Never who were onboard the vessel Tilly Mint, the yacht that rescued the displaced family. It’s a well-done video, and one worth watching, as it contains a number of lessons. In my opinion, the people involved with the rescue did a great job, and have my complete respect. The back side of the story — what went on prior to the rescue — can be found on the Coombes family’s website.
Before you post a comment with some “They should have done this…” admonition, make sure that you first watch the video, and read the family’s account of the incident in its entirety. And then truly ask yourself, what could you have done differently?