Making a decision on how to do the rescue would require knowing the circumstance. A professional mariner would have to take into account the specific circumstances, the handling characteristics of the vessel, the equipment on board, the weather, the forecast, the skill level and experience of his crew and so on and so forth.
There was a professional mariner on scene that was familiar with all these factors and that was the tanker captain. He weighed all the factors and came up with plan and pulled it off. With a big tanker, in shitty weather.
The rescued sailors couldn't run their engine and their sails were shredded. They can't successfully sail a recreational sailboat and they want to tell a tanker captain how to do a rescue at sea? After he pulled it off?
Here is an article, the tanker was 900 feet.
BOSTON - Two sailors were rescued from their sailing vessel by the motor vessel Kim Jacob at about 12 p.m. Wednesday, approximately 780 miles northeast of Cape Cod, Mass.
At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, Watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center in Boston received a report from a man aboard the Triumph, stating that he and his wife were aboard, the sails were broken, the engine was disabled and the boat was taking on water.
Both sailors donned lifejackets and activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.
Due to the distance offshore, the Coast Guard contacted vessels in the area to assist. The 899-foot motor vessel Kim Jacob, an Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System member, responded to the distress call.
The Kim Jacob crew arrived on-scene at approximately 12 p.m. Wednesday and safely rescued the couple from the Triumph.
The man was treated for mild hypothermia.
The Kim Jacob is en-route Port Tupper, Nova Scotia and is expected to arrive at 12 p.m. Friday.
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