Who is really at fault?...
Tim - Recreational Diver
September 16, 2003 at 12:07:50
It would be interesting to examine the resume of the Captain of the Wave Dancer at the time of the tragic accident. I suspect that you will find that he had no prior experience of operating a vessel of this size, and held no qualifications that would allow him to act as Master of a vessel of this size with more than 12 guests. Captain Philip Martin was not experienced or qualified to command a vessel such as the Wave Dancer, and as far as I know has yet to obtain his license limiting him to a charter yacht with a maximum of 12 guests.
If Peter Hughs is to held responsible, it is for putting in command a person without the relevant qualifications and experience.
Needless to say, Captain Philip saved some lives in the aftermath, bit according to INTERNATIONAL MARTIME ORGANISATION (IMO) guidelines, he should not have been there at all.