This is a cut and paste from sailnet.com from our our Dougy Boy and was date stamped 9-16-2011
A big problem with the AMVER program is that these freighters / tankers are not either trained nor are they overly inspired to do everything they can to minimize the dangers to US.
After I recuperated from the hypothermia, (2 days later), I was on the deck of the Kim Jacob (tanker) when they were in Canada, and were doing a regulation test of their life boat deployment.
I was standing next to the Captain, as this deployment was happening. Well, you can imagine how I was seething inside to see that they do have these life boats and could have deployed one to get me, rather than just watch as I sank and by herculean afforts managed to rise again.
So, I asked him, (nicely), why didn’t you deploy a life boat to get me?
He said that in the 10 - 15 foot seas we were in, they wouldn’t have been able to re-attach the life boat to their cables to bring it back up.
To that I said, well, you could have brought it around to the stern and simply towed it the 2 days to Canada, and hoisted us up to the deck.
Then he said: We’re not the Coast Guard, we are tankers, delivering oil from Africa to Canada.
So, with that in mind, they will not dive in to get you; they will not even deploy a life boat to get you. If you let go of your own boat, you are dead unless you are one hell of a determined little dude, and extremely lucky.
Again, I should not have called for “assistance” unless the Triumph was without any doubt whatsoever SINKING. These “saviors” can easily kill you, and will, unless you maintain control of yourself.
I met with the Coast Guard, and did a de-briefing with over 2 dozen of them in Boston.
The bottom line is that these tankers / freighers / AMVER participants are better than nothing, and they can’t be trained or pushed further, because they will simply not participate anymore.
So, if you think you need help, but the responder appears to be dangerous to your scene, tell them thank you, but no thanks, GO AWAY. I really should have.
I could go on and on, but fear and emotional distress and domestic dynamics were at the helm, not us at our best. That is a very dangerous combination, even worse than alcohol / texting / drugs… - end of cut and paste
Funny how the sea state that he mentioned here differs just a tad from what he reported there! Also, so much for the Captain of the Tanker saying he never thought of that. This clown (no offence to any real Clowns out there) can’t keep his story straight, not that any of us believed his rants anyway.