The rig was in the water hung up by the boom on the coachroof. There was no way to cut up and discard anything. Several efforts to free the boom were a bust. The butt of the mast having been freed was sloshing around close to the hull and they were worried that it could hole the boat. They engaged the engine and tried to turn the boat sideways to the seas hoping that the rolling motion would lift the rig and free the boom. It worked, pretty creative thinking under the circumstances.I'm guessing most of the rig, and sails, were overboard if they were able to what sounds like pretty easily drive out from under it. Why bother pulling pins on blocks and control lines when you have a handy dandy knife for the lines.Pull pins on blocks and control lines. Shoot the standing rigging afterward. The boat had a rig cutter. Cut the sails so that each piece of the rig is separate.I was amazed they could pull even the head stay pin. Do you how hard it is to 'pop' pins of a rig that size which is half off the boat, in breeze and seas? And I saw your post about 6' seas. Cutting through carbon or pbo shrouds is not fun either in a washing machine. Did you miss the part about cutting hydraulic lines? I'm sure the monster rig you cleared had those as well. Not to mention under pressure during cutting them. Now at this point, your suggestions for not forgetting the sails, confuses me. What part do you not want to forget? That they go over the side with the rest?Today's installment of the story sheds more light than I expected. Bravo.
Only three people to clear the rig is tough. But it was daylight. Pull pins, shoot the standing rigging, cut halyards and wires. Lots of cutting. Don't forget the sails.
The mast looked like it was in three pieces. Throw them away one at a time. It likely was possible.
Engaging the props was a rookie mistake. Sorry, being in a hurry is no excuse.
If both engines had remained operational they "might" have been able to stay aboard.
But with panicked passengers I support the decision to bail, two engines or no engines.
I will never ever understand the attempt to board the freighter.
edit to add. I have cleared a down rig in six foot seas.
Lastly the comment about not engaging the props is asinine. Did you think maybe the sheets got wrapped in the shaft when the rig went over the side? If they were not in a hurry how long or far do you suggest they drift disabled before engaging them? If they weren't making rookie mistakes...
If all the pieces of the rig are gone one more check for lines in the water and then engage the props.
Yeah, drift until you clean-up.
And as for cleanup before engines, the sheets, and I'm assuming, went overboard with the rest of the yard sale and how would their cleanup onboard have alerted them the sheets had ended up around a shaft, prop or strut?