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Old 07-10-2017, 09:54 AM
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Default Overturned boat on the Bahama Bank

Saw this boat yesterday about 4 pm about 35 miles east of Bimini, within sight of the Mackie Shoal marker. No signs of obvious damage. Hopefully the people that were on board were safe. The boat is a Sea Fox named Mighty Fine, South Carolina registration SC 9356 CF. If anybody knows the boat or the owner would love to hear they are safe.

Boat is white or very very light blue, twin Yamaha outboards, looked to be around 28-30' long.

I called USCG station Miami Beach when I got home and left a message with the same info but they didn't get back to me.

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07-11-2017, 05:53 AM
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I spoke with the owners Fiancé yesterday who was on the boat with him when it went down. They were coming back from the Bahamas crossing the bank and he told her the boat was handling strange, when the radio stopped working they stopped the boat to see what was up. She opened the cabin door to find it flooded, went to the forward seating compartments to look for the lifejackets, that had been moved to the now underwater bow below deck compartment, next thing she knew her Fiancé told her to jump from the boat and swim away before it went under and rolled.

They were both ok and stayed with the boat until they were picked up about 3 hours later by another boater. Seems like a faulty through hull or similar issue caused the water to come into the boat and stopping was probably a mistake if they could have made it to Bimini they could have beached it before it sank.

So check your through hull hoses and connections, make sure if you move your life jackets from the normal spot everyone on the boat knows where they are, and if the boat seems like something is wrong, it is, but don't stop without opening a few hatches first.

I do that crossing quite often and wear a life jacket, have an Inreach and VHF on me, along with an EPIRB on the boat, but I will be modifying my routine slightly for the just in case scenario. It is amazing how fast a boat will go down. The reason no one could get in touch with the owner is that all of his stuff including phone are still on the boat. His soon to be better half managed to grab her purse on the way out, and sent me the message last night.

Glad they are ok, she said just a few weeks prior they were in the keys with all the kids on the boat so thank goodness it didn't happen then.
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That sucks!

Wonder how that happened.
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Those underwater shots are eerie. Hope it just broke free and no one lost.
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That's crazy looking. Hopefully if there was any passengers onboard they are all safe!
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stupid question, but were there keys in it?
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Yikes! Hope the crew is ok.
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The engines are trimmed up.
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Looks very fresh
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Didn't know Seafox was unsinkable.
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Originally Posted by weir mako21 View Post
Those underwater shots are eerie. Hope it just broke free and no one lost.
Is that Ben Gardner's boat ?

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Originally Posted by debugger View Post
The engines are trimmed up.
Noticed that too so hopefully and indication of just a breaking loose.
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Anyone else notice that rope hanging from the stern? Is that an anchor?

Hopefully not another case of someone anchoring off the stern in rough seas.
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This looks to be the owner....

Is anyone active on that site that could shoot him a PM?


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I was in Mighty Fine, the SF on the palm when you arrived. It was a daymaker for us also... we had three in the box before spotting it. We came up on it kind of quick and before we could decide whether to troll by it, we saw the mahi circling under it and the crew started pitching at 'em... it was on!!! All the fish we pulled from it were nice size also. They disappeared for a while and we knew it would be a long ride back so we decided to leave. One more similarity of our trip with yours... the wet ride home!!

Scout 245 XSF 250 Yam
Sea Fox 286 CC Twin 300 Yam

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Off Shore with Mighty Fine

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lines out and motors trimmed up? man that underwater pic is scary looking

hopefully it drifted away
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I left my dive gear in the Bahamas so I didn't get in the water, that was with a VIRB camera on a stick. Looks like the anchor locker came open and a lot of line hanging out of there. It did look very fresh to me also no damage that I could see. Also the ladder was in a position that would have been in the water if the boat was floating.

Nice work on finding the owner Fish'nFool hopefully they are ok.
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Trim motors can run up or down once electrics submerge, they might not have been up when it capsized.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I think the terrible music made the boat commit suicide.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Anyone else notice that rope hanging from the stern? Is that an anchor?

Hopefully not another case of someone anchoring off the stern in rough seas.
I have a longer video than what I posted, there is a black dock line tied to the port stern cleat with a bunch of stuff snagged in it, doesn't look like any of it is anchor line, but that would explain motors up and ladder in the water.

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Would be interesting to hear the outcome on this...

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