Indeed - not good. It just shows how seemingly innocent things can take only seconds to go massively wrong, with dreadful consequences. I have to wonder, at this stage, were life-jackets being worn? It doesn't seem so reading the text and interpreting the events. This isn't a criticism.
Ho-hum - I'll check out all my safety gear before the hand of fate has a go in my direction.
As an aside issue - ain't "The Scotsman" a brilliant news portal. I take it the daily paper is just as well written.
I know that on LL at least, the wearing of lifejackets is uncommon to say the least, in spite of advice, booklets, demos, RNLI seachecks etc.. Every year we have 5 or more fatalities and most are preventable and many involve the lack of life jackets or pfd's.