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Old 09-27-2020, 07:09 PM
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Default Chesapeake Bay. Pulled 2 guys out of the water Sat afternoon.................

We were overnighting at Windmill Point at the mouth of the Rappahannock river and Chesapeake bay Friday thinking we might head upriver to Urbanna for a boat parade. Sat 11:30am were leaving and it's dark/raining upriver towards Urbanna but blue sky/sun in the bay......we headed into open water. Just riding/idling enjoying sunshine for awhile then stopped to eat lunch.

I noticed dark smoke on the horizon probably 8-10 miles away near the Eastern Shore. Within a minute it was big (we occasionally see fires on the Eastern shore and they are put out quickly). I did not have the radio on but something felt wrong and I told the wife to put everything away. The first pic was taken after we'd traveled a mile or 2 at WOT (48mph).



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09-27-2020, 07:49 PM
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You may have saved one or both of those guys lives. Yes there were other boats headed in that direction but $hit can hit the fan fast and excited well meaning people can make mistakes or people in danger can panic. I know it’s not the reason you helped but hopefully you banked some good karma for that play, absolutely well done.
I was surprised how far away we were to be there first. 3rd boat arrived 10 min after we did, 4th boat arrived 30 min after we did. 1.5 hrs later, fire still burning and no other boats ever came (except CG). I spend ALOT of time on the water. I'm well aware the day I need help may come and I want to have banked enough "good Karma" to ensure the man above has got my back!!!

One guy said he wished he had his wallet to give me a few bucks. I said heck no! I asked if they had any money to which to other guy said his wallet was in the truck (I would have handed them some cash to make sure they could get home). I don't want money. I only ask that if ever in a position to help someone.....you DO it!
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As we got closer anther boat was coming in from further south of our position. We were the first 2 to arrive and while circling the fire I noticed 2 guys in the water about a 1/4 mile away....went and picked them up. At this point the fire had been burning 15 min or so.2 guys (brothers) had 2 life jackets each and a PLB. (again, I saw smoke and didn't have the radio on).


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And??????
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Well done!
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The other boat responding had the coast guard on the phone and directed them to call one of the guys we picked up who had grabbed his phone. Coast Guard sent a boat from Eastern Shore which arrived 25-30 min after we arrived. They tied up and transferred the guys over to do some paperwork.

During that conversation I realize the CG is going back to Eastern Shore with these guys (WRONG SIDE OF THE BAY) and they launched from behind Gywnns Island......just a few miles south of my destination. I offered to wait til they were done and bring them back to where they launched their boat.

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2 life jackets each and a PLB? Pretty rare! Glad they’re ok. Great job on your part for following your instincts.
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Good job.
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Did the PLB's go off or did they activate them? Curious if there is a back story there if you know it? I know if I was in the water or my boat was ablaze I would activate mine quick fast!
Edited to say.... nice work.
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We all need more captains like you out there!
well done.
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About 1.5 hours later we were headed back west with a couple quiet guys riding along. We offered water/towels/food but they really didn't need/want much. The boat was a 25 Grady with a custom folding tower made on it so they could tow it home. They said they were riding up top and smelled smoke. looking down into the cockpit they thought they saw smoke so one went down to look......cabin had ALOT of flames going so they shut it down, grabbed jackets, and jumped over. When we left (1.5 hrs later) the boat was still burning bow to stern.

I'm a lifelong river boater who has just started venturing into open water the last couple years. It's amazing how far away that was and that we were the first responders! (2 other boats showed up much later after we arrived). I've certainly going to be re-evaluating ACCESS to my safety gear. EX: these guys had extinguishers but couldn't get to them. They had a PLB but I didn't have a radio on so have no idea what "chatter" might have been on. Anyone reading......hope you think about your own situation and how it could be improved.
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
We were overnighting at Windmill Point at the mouth of the Rappahannock river and Chesapeake bay Friday thinking we might head upriver to Urbanna for a boat parade. Sat 11:30am were leaving and it's dark/raining upriver towards Urbanna but blue sky/sun in the bay......we headed into open water. Just riding/idling enjoying sunshine for awhile then stopped to eat lunch.

I noticed dark smoke on the horizon probably 8-10 miles away near the Eastern Shore. Within a minute it was big (we occasionally see fires on the Eastern shore and they are put out quickly). I did not have the radio on but something felt wrong and I told the wife to put everything away. The first pic was taken after we'd traveled a mile or 2 at WOT (48mph).
You may have saved one or both of those guys lives. Yes there were other boats headed in that direction but $hit can hit the fan fast and excited well meaning people can make mistakes or people in danger can panic. I know it’s not the reason you helped but hopefully you banked some good karma for that play, absolutely well done.
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Good job I bet those guys in the water were happy to see you.
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You are a freaking rock star.
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Nice job.
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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post
You may have saved one or both of those guys lives. Yes there were other boats headed in that direction but $hit can hit the fan fast and excited well meaning people can make mistakes or people in danger can panic. I know it’s not the reason you helped but hopefully you banked some good karma for that play, absolutely well done.
I was surprised how far away we were to be there first. 3rd boat arrived 10 min after we did, 4th boat arrived 30 min after we did. 1.5 hrs later, fire still burning and no other boats ever came (except CG). I spend ALOT of time on the water. I'm well aware the day I need help may come and I want to have banked enough "good Karma" to ensure the man above has got my back!!!

One guy said he wished he had his wallet to give me a few bucks. I said heck no! I asked if they had any money to which to other guy said his wallet was in the truck (I would have handed them some cash to make sure they could get home). I don't want money. I only ask that if ever in a position to help someone.....you DO it!
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Bravo Zulu.
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Well done! Thanks for being the Good Samaritan.
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Glad you listened to your gut feeling man. You saved those two fellas for sure. I applaud you.
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Just want to add this.

These guys hit the water wearing one life jacket.....and carrying/holding another. They were 1/4 mile from the burn and we were looking for people and they were still hard to see. The fact they were WAVING the other life jackets they were hold made a huge difference in us spotting them so quick. It literally tripled their height clearance over the waters surface which quadrupled the amount of substance out of the water for us to see.
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Awesome outcome.
Thanks to you.



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