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Old 11-22-2016, 07:29 AM
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I believe it was Saturday evening a boat took on water during a local fishing tournament. I was in the back yard around 4:30 and it was pretty calm. All of a sudden the wind picked up like crazy. One man was found alive. Two bodies were recovered and a search is on for a third. I did not know these men but know some folks who did. They were excellent fisherman and had won a tournament the previous week apparently. I was thinking about heading out and assisting on the search but with the 3 foot waves right now, it's too much for our little boat. I feel horrible for the families involved. Hopefully the man who survived can shed some light on exactly what happened.
http://wtop.com/maryland/2016/11/police-search-fishermen-missing-potomac-river/. Sorry cannot figure out how to add a link to the story. Maybe someone can assist. Thanks chris
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Awful...prayers hugs and positivity sent
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happened literally out front of our river house.

I have been trying to get on my boat for last couple of weeks and saw the Gale warning on the forecast. Not just small craft but Gale!

They had stopped at a local marina to fill up and a couple drinks- from a mutual friend. Another boat ran ahead of them and when they didn't show up worried about them but by that time it was too rough to go look.

Survivor so far has said they heard a pop/bang and it started taking on water. None of them had ever seen such big waves and coming from every direction. Coast guard helo passed over them 3 times and somehow he survived the night!!

The Lower Potomac is a wicked body of water.
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I didn't think that area was too deep!
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
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happened literally out front of our river house.

I have been trying to get on my boat for last couple of weeks and saw the Gale warning on the forecast. Not just small craft but Gale!

They had stopped at a local marina to fill up and a couple drinks- from a mutual friend. Another boat ran ahead of them and when they didn't show up worried about them but by that time it was too rough to go look.

Survivor so far has said they heard a pop/bang and it started taking on water. None of them had ever seen such big waves and coming from every direction. Coast guard helo passed over them 3 times and somehow he survived the night!!

The Lower Potomac is a wicked body of water.
Our river house is just inside the Yeocomico. When the wind picked up it was unreal. I can imagine how bad it was on the main river. Reports say he survived 12 hours clinging to the boat. You are right. The Potomac can get real nasty,fast. I've been watching through my binocs and see no boats out at the moment. May try and get out later.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I didn't think that area was too deep!
according to my chart I have taped to our fridge, it looks like around 80+ feet to be the deepest area.
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Heard about this too. I believe that makes 8 - 10 lives lost this year on the Potomac. 5 just in the last month.
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My family summer house is on Smith creek (Maryland side of the river). We fished the MSSA tournament Friday & Saturday. We were cleaning up the boat up on the dock around 4:30 when the front came through. Winds came out of no where, gusting to 50kts. By the time we heard what was going on it was too rough for us to get out and help. I can't imagine what those guys had to deal with. My thought's and prayers go out to their families.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I didn't think that area was too deep!
the saying down here is " Its just a river"

lower Potomac is 27 miles across at mouth. At our place and where this sad accident happened the river is 3-6 miles across and the channel (where they were running up river) is 60-90' deep

when the wind kicks up and especially in summer squalls or this front (that was forcasted) rolls through 3-7' is not uncommon (not THT waves) real measured by bouys

and there is no period between waves. thick square waves- boom, boom, boom, relentless
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I've gotten caught a few times in the river and had some real concern as bad weather rolled in. Luckily we've always made it back in. Our neighbor calls it the Potomac ocean. Prayers sent to the families and friends.

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