Originally Posted by Hightower
That's assuming that someones on watch
I used to go to sea on research ships, you would be shocked to find out just how often larger ships rely just on their radar set beeping when someone comes close and don't keep watch.
Two recent incidents locally to me can be used as examples-
Does anybody remember the the Jambo a few years ago? 50miles off course with nobody awake on the bridge and managed to ram Scotland near Ullapool?
A local fishing boat (who shall remain nameless to save embarrassment) being boarded by the lifeboat because it was circling slowly off Oban. All the crew were found asleep below by the lifeboat crew.
so that statement isn't a million miles from the truth a lot of the time........