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WantaWhale posted 03-19-2002 11:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for WantaWhale   Send Email to WantaWhale  
The season is just starting down here on the Gulf Coast and already 5 or 6 people (a family) have died in a boating accident. Last Saturday a week ago a family went out and never returned. They think the boat broke up or sank just a few miles off shore (I know the area well as thats where I was exploring when I bought my 11'ss last summer). They did not have a radio so they could not call for help. They found one of the girls about 50 miles away near an island still wearing her life jacket. As of monday all of the bodies have been found except for a 12 year old girl. This has been all in the news in this area. It's just hard to belive as it was only 3-5 miles off shore( they think) and the boat was a 32ft converted ship boat. The seas had picked up to about 5ft. Just remember to be careful out there this season....


Samars posted 03-20-2002 06:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Good note...we are all excited about the season starting...(at least for us northern folk). Nothing can ruin the day then to not be take the time to check everything and be prepared.
Draftmanswife posted 03-20-2002 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
And remember Whaler people, "STAY WITH THE BOAT" ,and you'll be fine.
fireball posted 03-20-2002 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for fireball  Send Email to fireball     
carry the required equipment, two (2) people on board should be able to operate the watercraft. A radio (2), EPURB, flares, all rookies take serious note.
LKS posted 03-20-2002 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
And remember, a life preserver for everyone on board, plus one for the boat (good idea to have a line tied to the spare in case you have to toss it, particularly if you don't have a throw-ring).
David Ratusnik posted 03-20-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Double up on the CGaurd required. D
seasicknes posted 03-20-2002 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
In my montauk, I carry an emergency floatable bag. Its attached to the rear of the boat on a line.
If the boat flips or something serious should happen, I have access to this bag.

Inside the bag is a portable gps, portable vhf radio, flares, space blanket, AA batteries, glow in the dark sticks.

Keep Safe,

PMUCCIOLO posted 03-21-2002 06:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
I see hundreds of automobile accident victims each year, and "Bike Week" here in Daytona Beach is an event that truly stresses the human body's ability to withstand impact. However, I rarely see boating accident victims; they are usually dead on the scene. Exercise caution, and please use common sense, especially when it concerns alcohol use.


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