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|Author||Topic: Whaler Prankster|
posted 12-21-2000 12:20 PM ET (US)
The January 2001 issue of Lakeland Boating has a USCG Operations Summary published each month. Here's a good one:
7/22/2000: "Pleasure Craft taking on water - Put-In-Bay - Lake Erie"
"Station Marblehead received a VHF transmission from a 22' Boston Whaler with three Persons On Board reporting to be taking on water at the entrance to Put-In-Bay."
The report goes on to say they were on the reported scene in 5 minutes, an area of heavy summer boat traffic, and found nothing. Considering how many 22 Guardians the Coast Guard operates, they should have known this was somebodys' idea of a joke, who obviously knew Whalers.
posted 12-21-2000 01:30 PM ET (US)
Well maybe then maybe not -- appears USCG answered a phony distress call which happens quit often sorry to say, however a Whaler can take on water, may not sink but certainly can take on water if power is out --- if it had been legit more of a Sea Tow call than a USCG me thinks --- Z
posted 12-21-2000 06:31 PM ET (US)
I know exactly where that entrance is at Put in Bay. I grew up in Port Clinton, the mainland town a few miles from there. Trecherous Lake in bad weather, but not enough to sink a Whaler...although there IS a BIG rock out in that vicinity. I sunk a small boat off the jetty of Port Clinton (BW, meaning "Before Whaler"). I was 12 years old and was a good swimmer. Almost sunk a 23 Chris Craft (wood, lapstrake) on the way to Put in Bay - rivets started coming out. Made it back to the slings at Dad's marina, just in time. That's why I now only own Whalers. That swimming stuff is embarrassing. Maverick
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