Originally Posted by tinker
Could he have claimed salvage rights?
As I understand it the general principles on which the size of salvage claims are based are:
Value of the vessel.
Degree of risk/danger the vessel was in or likely to get into.
Degree of risk/danger the salvor had to take to save the vessel.
The skills and effort required by the salvor.
Whilst the boat presumably was in "peril" I doubt the possible salvor was really putting himself in any danger, or using any significant skill.
However before trying to claim salvage the salvor would normally be expected to try to identify the rightful owner of the vessel.
You can't just take an engine - say it was salvage and thats it.