Why does that bother you, because they got food poisoning?
Chill out dude.
I really don't care is some ahole wants to sail around the world; but taking a 1 year old is pretty criminal, in my mind.
This. Because taking a 1 y.o. out to sea is not responsible parenting. It bothers me because they un-necessarily placed their child at risk and in most jurisdictions that rises to the definition of child abuse. Granted, before anyone says it, they were on the open ocean which falls under no jurisdiction. I'm well aware of that fact.
I'm no maritime law expert but I'd suppose that as US citizens on a US registered vessel they're still held accountable to US law.
Only because things went wrong. If things went well, it would have been an incredible experience for the whole family. There clearly was no malicious intent or neglect of the child. When things went wrong, they called for help! If they had let the child die at sea to avoid ruining their vacation, that would be a different story, but I honestly feel a little bad for the people.
Do you honestly think a 1 y.o. is going to remember this "incredible family experience"?
Yes, "Only because things went wrong." and precisely because that possibility became reality. These parents should have left Jr. at home. They're very fortunate that Jr. didn't die. The open ocean on a "sail boat" that isn't much more than a dingy is no place for one so young. The risks for the entire family - not just Jr. - are far too numerous to list here. IMHO it's just not responsible parenting. If the parents are willing to assume that risk for themselves they're entitled to do so. However, dragging their children along on such a dangerous journey IMHO is criminal.
The responsible thing to do would have been to leave Jr. and their other child with Grandma and Grandpa or other family member(s) back in the States while these narcissists sailed around the world on their Odyssey.
It never ceases to amaze me how "They did the right thing ..." after the fact somehow justifies the stoopid thing that they did in the first place to put themselves in that predicament. I've heard that argument before, you have to look at the bigger picture.
Maybe I was a bit harsh, and I'm sure I was in a boat at a similar age; it just wasn't 8000 miles away from medical services.
The Ocean is a different beast...
You weren't a bit harsh. Your response was spot on. The open Ocean is indeed a different animal and should be treated with the upmost respect.
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