They launched at near high water from a tractor and trailler off a semi-sheltered beach in the lee of the harbour.
Where they capsized is about the line of chart datum, so water depth would have been around 5˝ metres. When we get NE gales it draws the waves into a very short, steep dumpy type wave, which are relatively short and pretty destructive.
The Atlantic 21 has now been replaced with an Atlantic 75 and I think these have bow tanks fitted.
Not an easy drive at all heading into those waves, you get very little time to set up ready for the next wave.
I have been out in similar conditions and it wasn't pretty, even for a Searider. Hats off to the guys who are ready to go out in those conditions.
They were facing an 8 mile upwind journey to assist some anglers.