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Old 05-19-2010, 03:29 PM
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A Happy Ending, Glad they made it home OK.

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2...safe-brunswick
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That is good news.


I have survived the past 25 years by clinging to my cooler


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Great to see one of these stories that ends well, it also shows how quick something like that can happen.

Also shows the need for EPIRB's if you go offshore
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Very lucky group. Ive read to many of these stories. I am ordering an inflatable life vest tomorrow, and will be buying a PLB for the shore trips also.
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Awesome!
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
That is good news.


I have survived the past 25 years by clinging to my cooler


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you're killing me.
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"The bow continued to float. Sullivan sat on top while the brothers stayed on the sides to keep it afloat, Blomme said. The boat sank at some point and the three latched onto a large blue Coleman cooler that they picked up early Sunday morning from Contreras' home before heading out to sea."

It makes me really wonder where the life jackets were, when they let the boat slowly sink out from under them, and disappear, without going in and getting some jackets. Was the boat submerged at an angle, with the bow up, was it upside down, or was it vertical? If you store your life jackets in the cuddy cabin, could you swim your jackets down enough to get them free of the cabin? Probably not. If you pop the hatch, you lose your air pocket, the boat sinks, and you may be trapped in the cabin. Something to think about.
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That far out in that size boat the best place for the lifejackets in on your body.
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Originally Posted by Menzies View Post
That far out in that size boat the best place for the lifejackets in on your body.


A few years ago I spent $120 on a Mustang inflatable life jacket, because I fish alone a fair amount. I wore it all the time, and just got used to it. I now feel bare without it. They really aren't all that much of a hindrance to fishing, especially if you are wearing any sort of a jacket for warmth like we have to do much of the time up here in God's Country.

Glad to hear everything turned out well for these anglers and their families. What doesn't kill you will make you stronger (smarter in this case), I suppose...

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