And another thing......
As 'the other rib' I would just like to post my two bobs worth in addition to cousin Doms words of wisdom about life jackets and so on.
Firstly I've never seen such a twist and shake when the steering let go. I dont think the boat was going that fast - maybe 25 knots or so (Dom?) but to lurch like that and have the force to launch folk out of the boat so far was incredible. I know its kind of obvious but it really brought it home to me to get your passengers ( I had a few 'first timers' on my boat) to hold on tight. In this case the forces at work were so intense it would have made no difference - I know for a fact we drill our kids to always hold on and they do - and it was the three passengers ( 1 adult, two children) on the port side, all of whom are experienced sailors and ribsters, who got thrown in but it made me realise just how quickly disaster can strike and how forceful it can be.
We closed on the scene fairly rapidly after Dom cut the power. This really emphasized to me that if you are out in a pair or group, dont follow directly behind and keep a good 200 meters apart. We were quite a way off to one side and a good distance behind but I dread to think what would have happened if we had been closer and directly behind Doms boat.
Lastly, cousin Sam (Mrs Dom) has since added to the suggested kit list - I had nothing on board except what other people were wearing to keep people warm or dry once out of the water and she has suggested foil thermal blankets on board too which I think are a great idea if you have to wait for any time for the services to arrive or get people back to shore.
I have had better Sundays but probably never learnt so much!