While I’m sure it is not unique to my current situation, being underway certainly makes me reflect on both my own mortality and those around me.
Prior to departing the UK, we had received an email from dear friends reporting an accident they had at sea. Luckily, no lives were lost, nor damage to the vessel, but the captain was severely injured, and had to be rescued at sea via a helicopter evac from a marine patrol ship. It was just husband and wife aboard. Holy crap. The first mate (wife), also a medical doctor, provided exceptional emergency care, and with the help of the marine patrol, brought the vessel safely to shore. She is a bad-ass heroine, who also makes the best homemade chocolate birthday cake.