Originally Posted by ragdoll
Karma would be more about the owner of the IK not taking care of their property and the kids good fortune for finding the IK. Right? You have twisted the true meaning of karma and applied a western thought process on Indian culture. Go Merkia!
Karma could go either way, with whomever has earned it... Perhaps the kids have earned their good fortune, or perhaps they are earning their future misfortune now. The owners of the IK may have previously earned their karma as well, and now they are seeing the results. Regardless, the Merkia being cheered on may be karmic as well...
Maritime law does entitle the owners of the boat the opportunity to regain their property, and goes something like this: A successful salvor is NOT entitled to just keep the salved vessel, under any circumstances, but is entitled to a generous award. The amount of the award, under the law, is based on the following factors: 1) the value of the vessel and its contents after the salvage is complete; 2) the salvor’s skill and initiative in minimizing damage to the environment; 3) the degree of success obtained by the salvor; 4) the level of peril to which the salvaged vessel was subject; 5) the salvor’s skill and initiative in saving the vessel, human lives, and other property; 6) the salvor’s labor and expenses; 7) the amount of risk run by the salvor;
the promptness of the services rendered; 9) the availability and use of any alternative salvage resources; and 10) the readiness, efficiency, and value of the salvor’s vessel and equipment.
Considering all these factors, the kids should be compensated for their time and trouble, and in this case, the salvage of the IK most likely appears to be a “low-order” salvage, where the risk to a kids was negligible and the salvaged vessel was in little danger. Therefore, the premium would be relatively small. In a “high-order” salvage the total award can, under the law, be as high as (though it may not exceed) 100 percent of the value of the salvaged vessel and its contents. Bottom line: The kids automatically get a high-priority lien on the IK they saved and may keep the vessel until the owner posts security.
I believe this is accurate, regardless of karma or Merkia, and I hope the kids get a reward and the owners of the IK gets their boat back.