F ing ALooks like operator error - or at least "an act of god" for the dismasting.+1 BTW the Coasties don't look too pissed off, you don't suppose they actualy 'live' for this stuff? When you go fishing do you enjoy it less if the fish ain't too bright??Jus' sayin'Glad everyone is safely on the ground. We'll get the full story in the morning.
My guess for the airlift is: owner request combined with a deteriorating forecast, combined with the well-known pressure the USCG puts on you once there. "We're not coming back for you if you EPIRB us again!" has been heard many times.
Knowing the pro captain quite well, I am quite positive he was losing his shit at the prospect of abandoning his boat, and I have zero doubt he will be first aboard when they get out there to salvage. Go get 'em CB.