|Mr. and Mrs. Richardson.|
|Mrs. Richardson in Arctic water wearing lifejacket.|
|Norwegian lifeboat heading away from Mrs. Richardson.|
|Lifeboat circled to pull Mrs. R. out of the water, the blue arrow indicates her position.|
|MS Ocean Countess.|
It was a most unfortunate incident and shows all too well the difficulties involved in transferring persons between large and small vessels at sea. In the photo there seem to be fenders rigged on the lifeboat but no boatrope is visible from the MS Ocean Countess. NAUTICAL LOG had a similar incident years ago, while handling the small craft, during a personnel and equipment transfer fortunately on that occasion only a load of equipment fell into the water. After that the USNS vessel decided our repeated requests for a boatrope to be rigged were valid. It then rigged one using a heaving line!!
Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia - let us work with India to free them.