I’m pleased the distressed boater got help but stunned that a Russian Boomer sub would assist in a matter such as this, taking the distressed crew onboard and the vessel under tow.
I doubt our navy sub service would have done the same.
We used to go boating & fishing in the Long Island Sound area referred to as “The Race”. It’s a narrow section of the sound known for exceptional fishing and offers a straight course to Block Island, Nantucket and the Atlantic beyond. And is also known for sudden onset of pea soup fog. Nearby is the mouth of the Thames River, home of Electric Boat and the Groton Sub base.
I can tell you from personal experience that our subs would rather knock you out of their path than announce their presence in any way.
True story - we were drift fishing in the Race, Fog set in reducing visibility to 100 yards so. We had GPS but no RADAR. Suddenly we sensed that ‘feeling"… You know, like something odd is going on either on the boat or ‘out there’. Then we heard the woosh of a large breaking wave followed in 20 seconds or so by a rolling wave of 6-8’. Kind of a pucker moment for bunch of teens in a 19’ open boat. As we were hanging on for dear life we could faintly make out a conning tower thru the mist. Aren’t they supposed to announce a 'Security" on 16 or a least give a short horn or bell when traversing busy waterways in limited visibility?
Any bubble heads care to comment?