Originally Posted by codprawn
I bet the water isn't exactly warm either - terrible for all concerned.
Not warm at all. They weren't actually fishing, but doing end of season bouey removal which gets contracted out to them by the provincial gov't. Apparently the boat lost all engine power and they were adrift for 13 hours before the boat capsized. They were more than 10 or so Km from the nearest shore when they lost power.
Ican only guess they figured they'd be safer drifting in the bigger boat awaiting help or waiting out the winds than using the smaller yawl in the conditions.