The Bajau Laut are stateless people, tolerated by Sabah and some of the Philippine islands but with no access to education or healthcare. It’s a simple life of fishing and bartering, and the people (despite how little they have in terms of ‘first world’ materialism) are a close and seemingly happy community.
It became apparent that we were very much part of the team and expected to keep to the protocols set by ESSCOM. As mariners it was our job to maximise safety at all times and keep them up to speed on what was happening. We share those protocols with you here.
Imagine how you would feel if you had to make an emergency stop in high risk seas and became sitting ducks on your sailboat. That’s what happened to us and it was a tense moment for all the boats.
Esper takes the first security night watch and Liz explains a little bit about what we’re expected to look out for.