I'll admit I might have been a bit harsh in my jugement without knowing all the details... But:
- As others said, it appears to be floating perfectly in it's lines, so it doesn't seem like there would be that much water coming in (as presumably they would have stopped pumping while getting their stuff ready and during the rescue, etc...)
- Regarding that last point, one would hope that someone going for long range cruising would have a basic tool kit and materials (as well as some basic skills) to patch up most of the leak. Maybe this involves dropping what is left of the rudders out and tying a section of the bimini around that part of the hull.
- If there is a watertight bulkhead, then just let that section flood and sail the boat!
- Also, it would take some very serious weather to capsize a cruising cat lying ahull, especially one with the retractable boards pulled up: it will just surf sideways.
There are other factors and considerations such fatigue/seasickness/hypotermia or injuries that could influence the decision to get plucked off the boat but I am a bit sceptical...
Just for the record, I have been offshore with 3ft of water in the bilge before so I have a pretty good idea what it is like. I have also dis-masted and jury rigged dinghies twice (there was no available outside assistance so I didn't really have a choice).
My take on it is that unless the boat is serious danger of sinking (and I don't mean a bit of water coming in but a large un-controllable leak such as the hull splitting open) or there is a medical emergency or the boat is on fire, I don't think I would consider abandoning ship...
Obviously I would like to find out more about the circumstances but so far, based on the available information, I am not seeing very compelling reasons to abandon ship.