captain was, though, hardly in the position to make an accurate judgement.
The coastguard rescue services were. They should have been
allowed to weigh the potential loss of three lives on board (with hindsight, unlikely) against the almost certain loss of livelihood of all
the people employed in fishing, salmon farming and the holiday industry along the destroyed coast. For the sake of three sailors' safety, a whole community of people, animals, birds and fish was abandoned.
But nobody can really blame the coastguard. They are obliged to put immediately threatened human life first, at all costs. In that, they have certainly succeeded.
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