Code of the sea: A sinking boat, a garbled mayday, 24 boats within 6.5 miles — and not one responded
A broken code?
Weeks after the sinking that claimed the lives of six Cape May County fishermen, Dolan is surprised that nobody responded that day. He recalled some ignoring the code back in 2004 as he steamed toward the Bow Mariner, seeing an explosion in the distance, smelling the stench of ethanol fumes and arriving to find only bodies in the water.
“Not everyone lives by the code. I went by a couple boats that could have been there sooner. I was pretty disappointed in them,” Dolan said.