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Old 07-28-2019, 05:16 PM
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I was out fishing yesterday (Saturday) as South Texas had an amazing weather window. Seas were basically nonexistent with less than 5 knots of wind; something unheard of down here. I was in a 28' Cat and brought a friend with me. We fish roughly 40 miles offshore in 300 feet of water (Big Southern) for most of the day. After a solid day of fishing, we were headed in and close to 25 miles from shore when we heard a call over Channel 16. A boat was in distress somewhere North of Big Southern. We knew there were another 7-8 boats fishing the same area but thought we might as well go check.

It was a good thing we did.

After running 12 miles back out to the fishing grounds, we found the boat in distress - a 20 foot I/O - that had two on board. Not a single other boat had responded to the distress call, including the 7-8 boats that were fishing 6-7 miles South of our location. We were able to load the two people aboard and bring them back to shore, unfortunately, there was nothing we could do for the boat.

Whenever you're offshore, make sure you monitor your VHF. We decided to respond, even though we knew there were many closer boats, and I'm glad we did. On this day, we were the ones providing aid. You never know when you may end up on the other side of the equation and be hoping there is someone out there listening and ready to save you.


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Great job. What happened to the boat?
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Good for you! I do hope that you reported the abandoned boat, and its position, to the Coast Guard. Someone else will come across it, report it to CG as possible overboards, and may trigger an unnecessary search.
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Originally Posted by Stickbo View Post
Great job. What happened to the boat?

i get it. In distress you save lives.

But what does happen? Yah the boat will be lost and somebody will call in a capsized boat to the CG in a couple days.
But is it acceptable when being rescued to say “thanks for saving me. But can we at least throw a couple $1000 rods on board. Maybe you give one to the rescuer.

Dont get me wrong. I’m sure any rescuee isn’t even thinking about it. But I’m sure I might be if it wasn’t a boat just sank, im in the water situation.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
Good for you! I do hope that you reported the abandoned boat, and its position, to the Coast Guard. Someone else will come across it, report it to CG as possible overboards, and may trigger an unnecessary search.

We left an activated EPRB on the vessel and radioed the coast guard so that they could track the vessel and relay the position to other ships. We were fairly close to a shipping lane at the time where 700+ foot tankers come through regularly.
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I was actually wondering what happened to the boat to cause the mayday? Sinking? Disabled?
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Originally Posted by Stickbo View Post
I was actually wondering what happened to the boat to cause the mayday? Sinking? Disabled?
They had an engine fire.
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nice work

did they extinguish the engine fire? were they overboard? some more details!!
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
nice work

did they extinguish the engine fire? were they overboard? some more details!!
They had been disabled for over an hour before we arrived. They were able to get the fire out, I'm assuming, since I saw no flames. Both people were in the boat when we arrived.

Seas picked up to 3-5 foot by the time we left. It would have been a rough ride in, in that 20 foot boat!
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Good call to do the rescue. Good Karma.

We have had the same thing happen several times: responded to "mayday" and after running several hours to get to the vessel and people in distress, found that there were half a dozen boats within a few miles--either didn't monitor the radio, or care to respond. In that specific case, we towed the boat to an native Indian village, where the people were fed and sheltered for the night. We didn't arrive at the village until about 10 PM. The natives were able to tow the boat to its launch point the next day.

I have never asked for any compensation for a rescue--but have accepted fish (a 50# halibut in the example above) but if someone gives a gift or fuel expense I don't turn it down. I had one incidence where I had saved two adults and two teens, whose 13' Boston Whaler had swatted (sure it floats, but they could not get the water out, or engine started), As long as I remained in practice in that area, the owner sent me a nice bottle of wine and flowers for the office on the anniversary of the event. Most people are very appreciative when rescued.
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