Originally Posted by codprawn
Looking at this brilliant video though it makes me wonder
Did they use a drogue or sea anchor?
I doubt it somehow. A situation like that is NOT the place to use one. If you are in danger of being swept onto the shore in shallow water you use an anchor - a proper one!!!
ILBs are rigged for very fast anchor deployment and have a big winch in front of the console to get it back in again.
The sea anchor will hold you head to sea, a drogue is deployed off the stern to slow your speed.
The reason the sea anchor was deployed was to hold the boat head to weather, it can be deployed loads quicker as its already tied off in the bow, all you do is open the lid and throw it over the side prefrably running through the fairlead.
If the crew had used the anchor they may not have got a bight and the boat end up ashore, it takes longer to deploy the ground anchor. Atlantics don't have a winch to recover the anchor, it needs pulling in by hand where it is coiled on the drum mounted infront of the console.
The crew were trained for what happened and recovered the situation.