You can't really see how much stress is on those ropes. All of us have walked under ship's ropes from time to time. When those ropes give under too much tension, they are actually powerful enough to decapitate a person quite easily.
I'm still trying to figure when the man fell in? I don't see him on the gangway when the ropes are failing, then as the ship drifts off and the gangway starts extending, there is still no one on it... then after it collapses you see him swimming in the water...
It definitely is a good case for the captains that choose not to try to dock in high winds...It shows that even though they may be able to dock the ship, the winds can still be dangerous.
DrL, you are totally correct. I'm with you Jim, I never saw him in the gangway, but the crew member that jumped in immediately has to be commended. I assume the others came after the first one was swimming frantically toward the gangway wreckage. I wish they could post this so people that gripe about not being able to make their port would understand why a captain makes the decisions they do.
I wish they could post this so people that gripe about not being able to make their port would understand why a captain makes the decisions they do.
I totally agree! I was on the Holiday once and we were trying to dock on St. Kitts and a rope broke. We had been trying to dock for quiet a while, so a lot of the guests saw what happened. The Captain decided it was not safe and canceled the port. Not many people complained because the word was out on the ship of what had happened.
Thankfully, we've never experienced anything like that Dwayne. We did anchor in St. Barts and they put a tender in the water. You could hear it slamming against the side of the ship. The tender was hoisted back up and off we went. There were plenty on board complaining, and no compensation was offered. Those that had common sense, understood the danger of trying to off-load people to the tender. It was way too much liability for the captain to assume. At least there was no mutiny.