I posed a similar question earlier but was told maybe I should ask another one. I hope I am doing the right thing, so here goes.
The setting is a post-catastrophe Earth that is entirely or almost entirely covered in water, so naturally people live exclusively on big oil/tanker ships. For safety and community people usually develop fleets of ships that travel together, let's say that during a particularly strong storm, unnaturally strong that is, one of the ship's engines become damaged beyond repair and that ship is now adrift. Just to clarify the engines got damaged during the storm and the storm is still ongoing and the ship is adrift, the situation must be addressed during the storm.
- The technology level is today's commercially available technology
- The ship has lifeboats
- Is near the rest of the fleet, uncomfortably near
- It is otherwise in normal functioning condition - no fire, hull intact, only the engines are gone, the only risk is of ramming into the other ships
- The fleet has lifeboats and a couple of helicopters
How can the people on the ship be saved?
Can the ship itself be saved?