Thank you very much for the kind words, appreciation, and even some of the private messages. As I said in my original post, it was very difficult to write. While we were in Key West, I was very angry and frustrated by the thought that no one was listening to my concerns. Looking back, I think many people were handling the circumstances in different ways. Maybe it was just too soon to voice concern.
Also, as I stressed in my original post, I firmly believe and trust in the medical personel and their abilities. I just think that the safety procedures are flawed, and need to be closley examined. The diver and the PA on my boat did an amazing job with trying to give Bob the best medical treatment available, and also managed to keep everyone on the boat calm and focused. I remember screaming into the radio, in a very panicked voice. The PA constantly asked us all to calm down, and concentrate on what he needed from us.
As for the helmets; I can not answer those questions. I never saw Bob's helmet, or JT's for that matter. I don't even want to speculate on their significance.
Also, after the accident with Stephen and Joey, I know that the race was stopped. I heard a lot of chatter on the radio, and I am positive that Angel 1 or Angel 2 ordered that the race be stopped.
Finally, I don't want to shed a negative light on the Coast Guard either. Once they realized why we were there, and that we needed help, everyone aboard that Coast Guard cutter was at our boat to help in any way possible. I just don't think that they were aware that the Coast Guard station was going to be a trasnport point for an injured racer.
Again, I am not trying to cause anyone grief, or stir up a plot against SBI. My only concern is that the safety procedures for all future races are re-examined. If I were ever put into the same situation, I would just hope that I am better prepared than what I was during this year's accidents.
Thank you all for reading; I hope some good will come out of the losses from Key West.