Exactly. And even though time has passed, Doug posted that the seas were 3-4 meters during the event. This was a few years ago, so maybe the seas have calmed since then.
As I am “that guy” on shore (when on call) or offshore doing the RA with the Captain I can tell you with confidence that according to your original recollection of the event and weather and sea state, the boat would not have been launched.
PLT (yes)if we had one, but life boat, nope. FRC? FRDC? Mini FRC? Would have to be a hell of a Lee to perform a launch in that sea state, and that vessel didn’t have them.
I have very large crews with a bunch of able bodies to pull this off (when in work mode, not transit) but if we were in transit with only our marine staff aboard, you are talking about a ton of the crew involved.
I read your original post on the other forum from years ago. It contains a lot of subjective and some objective information. Interesting read.
In medicine, and in rescues (especially emergent ones) we often say that it’s best to follow best practices. Theory can kill you.
Your plan with the sea anchor is an example. The plan failed. You went from a piece of smooth yummy cheddar cheese without holes to our famous piece of Swiss cheese in a matter of seconds. The holes were lining up EXTREMELY (used your caps there) quickly. You are lucky you are alive.
Theory is what nearly killed you. It did destroy your boat. Like I said, I read the report, and I read your original posting, and there are things to learn from every rescue at sea. I also believe in how it’s presented that makes all the difference.
I’m glad you are not dead Doug. I’m not sure what you want to hear from this group. Will I use this in my memory bank for my next rescue? Well more than likely I will use the retrieval method of a line/sea anchor situation in the future for some fat to chew on, but the actual rescue (of people) once it went tits up with the anchor, in that sea state, I don’t know. Still wouldn’t launch a life boat.