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Not always, unfortunately
In Response To: Re: Channel fever ()

: This seems to be a good discussion, and I like what I've read so far. Pamela,
: you are correct that we are to be cosidered invisible. But most likely any
: ships radar IS on! And I find it very hard to believe that on any vessel
: there was noone on the bridge!! I gotta wonder about the validity of such
: stories. All professional mariners that I know of are extremely cautious.
: Accidents do happen of course, but the image of poorly trained, negligent
: ship crews just does not equate to my experiences. Cheers, MH

There was a tragedy on the east coast this summer. A freighter ran into a fishing vessel and a number of fishermen were killed. The freighter then fled to Canada, where it was arrested by the Canadian Coast Guard. As I recall, an investigation revealed that, at the time of the accident, the entire crew was watching a soccer game on television. The incident was well-documented in Canadian and New England media.

I would like to believe that most crews are conscientious professionals doing their best to operate safely. But it's not always true. There are bad drivers on the road, too. Defensive driving and defensive paddling make all kinds of sense.