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Old 01-26-2019, 06:58 AM
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I will keep your recount of that experience in the back of my mind forever to help me to stay extra vigilant in the captains chair, thanks for sharing. That recount and the 3D picture Steve showed me of the damage to your jaw and face are burned into my mind. I hope you and your buddy heal as well as possible and quickly.

I can’t imagine how things would have turned out with the amount of injuries you guys sustained if the boat sank. The boat Steve builds handled that impact perfectly.

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Old 01-26-2019, 07:07 AM
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Paul, I don't remember resetting the scale on the GPS or radar. When I turned out of Venice marina and made it around the corner the fog was gone and I didn't readdress the electronics. Complacency.

Capt Fred, I have had nightmares about what if's. In the dark and confusion of an incident like this if one of us had been thrown overboard I think it would have been a very sad Christmas. The current there is always rolling hard.

The next day, Saturday the first day of duck season a duck boat sank in the river and one of three passengers drown. This week on a routine drill on one of the oil boom boats in the river near Venice a cable snapped sending the crew and boat into the river upside down. I heard a man and a woman drown. In April or May of 2018 a boat with 5 people in it ran into an unlit rig coming down from Mississippi to fish the Venice area. What we do can be dangerous.

Thank God we all survived.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:14 AM
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I'd love to see the pics.. can you post them here?
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As a side note: When I was out of work, my dental friends stepped in and ran my practice for me. Every day a different friend would take time away from his practice to makr sure everything was taken care of at mine. Luckily my greatest injuries are dental. I have world class professionals offering their services to me pro bono. There aren't many professions where colleagues/competitors step up like this to help a friend. The implant company I use called as soon as they found out about the accident offering what ever restorative materials I may need for the reconstruction of my lower jaw and teeth. I have been humbled by the outreach of so many friends.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:18 AM
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Excellent Lesson for everyone! Sorry it was you but it happens so fast. Please post as many pics as your are
comfortable posting. This thread should be made a sticky!
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Originally Posted by LSU2thDr View Post
Paul, I don't remember resetting the scale on the GPS or radar. When I turned out of Venice marina and made it around the corner the fog was gone and I didn't readdress the electronics. Complacency.

Capt Fred, I have had nightmares about what if's. In the dark and confusion of an incident like this if one of us had been thrown overboard I think it would have been a very sad Christmas. The current there is always rolling hard.

The next day, Saturday the first day of duck season a duck boat sank in the river and one of three passengers drown. This week on a routine drill on one of the oil boom boats in the river near Venice a cable snapped sending the crew and boat into the river upside down. I heard a man and a woman drown. In April or May of 2018 a boat with 5 people in it ran into an unlit rig coming down from Mississippi to fish the Venice area. What we do can be dangerous.

Thank God we all survived.

Thanks again for ringing in and for your candor. This should cause every one of us to take pause to evaluate our processes. One of the things we did in the CG was just as soon as we pulled out into the harbor, before we ever came up to speed, we set all of our electronics for the conditions. It didn't matter how urgent the SAR case we were launching on was. The CG always does mishap analysis following our own mishaps. Most often complacency is identified as a contributing factor as is fatigue. The mishaps often occur during ideal environmental conditions.

On my personal boat the way I go from day time to night time backlighting on my chart plotter is not intuitive, and I don't do it often enough for it to come naturally. I have caught myself running at speed while piddling with it. It's easy to get tunnel vision paying attention to the electronics.
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Yep, it's broke.

right after surgery

A little swoll.


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Thanks for the update and your honesty.As you know chit happens fast and I wish for you and your friends fast recovery.
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OMG- LSU you look like you really lucked out. Could have been killed dead or worse.....
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Red beans and rice

Mexican before it goes in the bag.

Turkey and sausage gumbo


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Just curious, but are you able to fix your teeth yourself since your a dentist?
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Note to self. Don’t do that! Goodness gracious, those pics are nasty (well, except for the last couple).

$#!t happens. We do stupid things now and again. Sometimes we get reminded about our complacency, take our licks, and move on. Very glad nothing worse happened. And good on you for sharing your story to serve as a reminder to the rest of us.

Maybe have Calcutta install one of those collision shock absorber things they use on the back of the big DOT trucks on the highway?

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Kudos to you for posting the results of a few seconds of distraction. I appreciate the reminder of how fast it can happen.
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Thank God you and your friends are alive and that you were in a battle tank of a boat. Heal up Buddy!
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:18 AM
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Thanks for a well written story about how quick things change. I'm still teaching my 18 year old son about safe boating every trip we make, but I also remind him of the time I holed my old Bertram on the Rota wreck off the Jones Island in New York. We had 4 boating guys on the boat, drifted over the wrecks smoke stack that is just under water at high tide and bang zoom we were taking on water due to the 12" hole I just created. We were fishing a tournament, had plenty of fish already, but wanted one more for old times sake. After beaching my boat, CG came with pumps etc and all wound up being towed to safety. Happened in no time at all. All safely home that night, no boating for 6-8 months waiting to repair boat. Hope you recover completely and again thanks for a honest account of how life goes sometimes.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:08 AM
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Man those pics are brutal. You’re welcome to come fish with us when you’re in town and between boats.
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Glad your ok. Good eye opener for those of us who run in the dark.
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