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Old 06-11-2014, 05:37 PM
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Often we here the tragic results of boating mishaps. Just wanted to post some good news for once. Chalk this one up to EPIRB and common sense, could of been a lot worse.

A good Samaritan and Coast Guard crew in New Smyrna Beach rescued six people who were aboard a boat that was in danger of sinking 30 miles east of Ponce Inlet on Tuesday.

"When he activated his vessel's EPIRB we received his precise position," said Chief Petty Officer Sandy Ketchen in a statement. "Without the full position provided by the EPIRB, our boat crew would have been searching a 3,600-square mile area to find the vessel."


http://m.wesh.com/news/6-rescued-fro...ritan/26439504
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My buddy was the Good Samaritan. He was out fishing with some other friends and heard the distress call and responded. Here's a few pics he took. Glad everyone is okay!
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Originally Posted by SlipperyWhenWet View Post
My buddy was the Good Samaritan. He was out fishing with some other friends and heard the distress call and responded. Here's a few pics he took. Glad everyone is okay!
dang that was close one!
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glad to hear they saved the boat too and didnt let it sink too
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Wow that second picture is creepy looking for some reason to me.
Looks like they where well prepared EPIRB,raft.

Any one know what happened to the boat?
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Originally Posted by 96redtoy View Post
Wow that second picture is creepy looking for some reason to me.
Looks like they where well prepared EPIRB,raft.

Any one know what happened to the boat?
Same here. That GW is riding low.

Knocked off a transducer maybe?
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:44 PM
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Look at that yammie still chugging away. Glad it ended well, waiting to hear more info about why the boat took on water and did they save the boat or let her sink and have it towed in
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Originally Posted by SeaSquid631 View Post
Look at that yammie still chugging away. Glad it ended well, waiting to hear more info about why the boat took on water and did they save the boat or let her sink and have it towed in
Yea i noticed that engine still running, hell of a testimonial there.. Glad they are ok....good job to Slipperies friend andthe USCG..
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That's an older GW with a brand new 4 stroke Yamaha. Too much weight in the stern. Also, that's not a factory bracket...you can see the transom cutout.

Something with the way this thing was rigged contributed...I don't think this is a case of a broken thru hull.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:28 PM
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I see those pictures and it reminds me of my boat rescue days and an educational moment.

If you have a raft deployed, an EPIRB activated, EVERYONE ON THE BOAT should have on a life jacket. I cant tell you how many times i have done water rescues and you ALWAYS have to tell people to put on jackets...
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Look at the video from 46-49 seconds it looks like Engine bracket dam near broke off? If you pause it you can see its a 250 plus the kicker lotta weight for a half assed installation
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Six people 30 miles off Ponce is asking a lot of that little boat
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:39 AM
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Someone on the top is probably one of the more idiotic things that I have seen. With a boat full of water putting additional weight up that high is going to assist in de-stabilizing the boat - but it's east to armchair this one... overall it looks like (aside from the life jacket thing) they did everything right.

Glad it worked out for them. Could have been much different.

I'm intrigued by the raft... acording to THT if its not a double walled, inflatable floor, with canopy and 5 days worth of rations - it isn't worth shit... looks like it was floating to me and would have held them out of the water for a while.

EDIT: The video clearly shows that the bracket gave way... not sure what the talk about the transducer is... either way - what does "We were busy bailing the boat and hooking up bilge pumps" mean?
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Originally Posted by Blue Chip View Post
and hooking up bilge pumps" mean?

I like to check my pumps BEFORE going out.

Glad mom was smart enough to outfit the boat with safety equipment. She now likely knows the importance of periodic structural inspections too.

Those guys looked old enough to have already studied physics/the effects of center of gravity. Maybe in their distress they forgot adding weight as high as possible was a bad thing.

Glad everyone got rescued safely
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Isn't there a new THT member asking about fishing reports that mentioned a 20' Grady? Hope it wasn't him. Glad everyone's OK.
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
Six people 30 miles off Ponce is asking a lot of that little boat
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Originally Posted by Parthery View Post
That's an older GW with a brand new 4 stroke Yamaha. Too much weight in the stern. Also, that's not a factory bracket...you can see the transom cutout.

Something with the way this thing was rigged contributed...I don't think this is a case of a broken thru hull.
Yup...

I ran that same hull (22 Grady, early design, pre 1992) for 9 years... I had a OX66-250 on mine without a bracket, and no kicker. This old girl had a 4 stroke, a kicker AND an Armstrong bracket! No f'n way was that thing safe!!! Zero-Zippo.. Add SIX people in the cockpit, wow....
On top of that, look at the video, the bracket is not level. I'll bet the idiots put that bracket on a rotted transom.
Let Grady bashing begin, but it isn't the boats fault, they should've spent the money to fix the transom, hell enclose it adding that much weight.

Oh, and I ran mine 50+ off many many times. Many times with 4 people
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:38 AM
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A few of those guys could have been jigging some BSB while waiting for a rescue.

Good grief on the bracket conversion. Strap a few heavy motors on that long lever and the stress at the point of attachment was clearly more than it could withstand.
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