Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:32 pm #1746170
Their restraint, when going through a rescue afterwards on camera, when clearly some of the victims are utter twits, is commendable.
It is the degree of utter twits.
From experience, the vast majority of lifeboats rescues are avoidable. You would be amazed at what people do, and arguably far less considerate than this discussion. Abysmally maintained yachts and MBs is a big issue. A complete lack of basic safety equipment is another. Of course, these rarely make the press. One of the hugely increasing reasons for launch is people stranding themselves when the tide comes in. The problems often arise in bad weather, and arguably put the rescue services at risk - but equally inevitably rarely make a press report.
Lifeboat crew are highly trained and rarely put themselves at risk. We look at these reports and think they are operating at the edge of their capability - in the vast majoirty of cases they are not, and, if it is judged the crew were put at risk by the coxain it is a matter of considerable concern.