Gulf Coast - Fisherman Drowned out of Grand Isle?
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11-23-2007, 02:37 PM
I say a post on RNR about a mayday call for man overboard. Have not heard anything else about what happened. Anyone know whats up??
11-23-2007, 03:42 PM
It was in the paper Sunday, haven't heard anymore.
11-24-2007, 09:45 AM
I actually saw this happen, and didn't realize what was going on until after the fact. I saw the boat and the coast guard vessel next to them for a long time. I figured that the coast guard had found drugs, or something was out of the ordinary. I would have gone up to help, but, I didn't realize what they were doing.. and I didn't want to seem like I was involved, if they were doing something wrong. I never heard the coast guard call on the radio..
I feel bad for not going over to try and help.. but, I just had no idea of the scope of the problem. It was nasty as hell out there Saturday.. But, I don't see how they just "lost" the guy. The only thing that I can see is that something grabbed him and dragged him down. I don't see why they didn't just trim the motor all the way up and cut it out of the prop. Jumping into the water offshore is dangerous, any way that you look at it. Whatever the case.. it's pretty freaky.. The guy's family lives about 10 minutes from us.
11-26-2007, 12:22 PM
Sounds "weird" to me.
11-27-2007, 06:51 AM
can't trim up an inboard - may have been a Bertram or something - i have had to jump in before in my younger days to clear the prop on a 28' Bertram off Fourchon - they say outboard in the article but i would be willing to say it might have been an inboard
real sorry for the other guys on the boat and the guys family :(
11-27-2007, 07:04 AM
It was an inboard. The report linked above was wrong. All I can think is that the prop, rudder or boat knocked him unconscious when the boat dropped off a passing wave.
11-27-2007, 08:07 AM
Very Likely...when its rough, it is very difficult to swim in the gulf even if you are a great swimmer. My wetsuits look like I fight with Tigers from all the bumping on rig legs and I try my hardest to stay off them. Very sad story.
11-27-2007, 12:05 PM
This is a terrible event. The boat was an inboard powered sportfisherman. What a tragedy...my condolences to the guys family.
11-28-2007, 11:48 AM
Still haven't got the full story, but the man that disappeared has been working on my family's boat recently. I have worked side by side with him on the boat several times. We worked until 4am one night so I could take my In-Laws fishing the next day. He was a hard worker and a truly nice guy. He will be missed.
I have been underneath a boat tossing in the waves. It is obviously very dangerous. I always keep one hand working and one hand on the boat to push myself away. Easier said than done.
One hand for the boat, one hand for yourself, and don't be afraid to admit if you are in over your head.
Be safe out there fellas.