Originally Posted by Poly
Could it? That sounds like a Daily Mail Click Bait headline. In reality I think it was just about as bad as it gets: abandoning ship, swimming for shore, boat sinking. It would only have "ended worse" if they crew didn't use their training and experience.
Not being 200m from shore I'd think could have made it worse... I don't fancy swimming say a mile in RNLI Dry Suit and Life Jacket. They don't carry PLBs or Hand Held VHFs do they - so if they'd been a mile out they'd have been relying on the VHF Mayday they made before abandoning ship (not a task I'd fancy doing depending how quickly I was burning up) or their colleagues being in their search zone and seeing the fire or their hand held flare.
But is that also not my point you argumentative git... ...it COULD have ended so much worse. You are usually quick to jump in when someone says "that was lucky" - I didn't I stated a FACT - it COULD have ended up worse... ...if I'd stated that they were lucky I'd have fully expected you to be prattling on about "was it luck or was it experience and training".