And this is both stupid and tiresome. The value of the work by the seiner was likely negotiated in advance of the commencement of work. But, in the event it was not, case history will guide the decision. The value will likely be exactly what it would have been if the opportunity to negotiate ahead of time were available. In many cases there is an "uplift" of some sort to account for the additional risk taken by a vessel not normally equipped for the work undertaken in a chance salvage such as this. All members of the crew are entitled to a share of the proceeds. Typically the company and crew split the award 50/50 and the crew's division of their share is based both on their position, their role in the actual salvage work, and their seniority on the vessel. An excellent read about non-salvage vessels and crew undertaking (and being rewarded) for a salvage is the appropriately named Capt. Skip Strong's "In Peril." His account is excellent and his decisions, which I personally have heard him apologize for in a room full of professional salvors, were in the best spirit of the law of the sea. That is, you help when you can as best as you are able. Strongly recommended.