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Old 08-23-2019, 11:17 AM
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Here we are a week later, still praying for a miracle. Was at the ramp today and saw this:





Their rig still waiting on them to return.

Brought it home, could be any of us, we so sorry for their families and have been praying for them since the beginning.

Made me rethink our disaster plans. I already had a PLB but have now added a EPIRB and parachute flares more handheld flares signal mirror, another handheld VHF and a ditch bag.

God bless them!



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Old 08-23-2019, 11:37 AM
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That's difficult to look at. Continued prayers for a miracle.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:44 AM
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Those pictures speak thousands of words.....

I cant help but get choked up when seeing the truck and trailer all by itself.
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Very sobering.
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Brutal.
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Damn, that hits home hard. Haven't been terribly emotional about the events, but that one is tough.
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Sad.
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its loaded with flowers, candels, etc now.
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That’s erie. We have a DW trip in October. Was thinking of making the hour drive to the ramp if there was something erected.
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Yeah... it's tough. The other threads got so big it's almost hard to to talk it out.

When we went on our last Bahamas trip I sort of spent a bit too much on some safety stuff for a ditch bag. I thought I was going nutso because I know so many people that just jump in their rig and run...

This saga has been something that I've used as a teaching tool for my kids. There are SO many rules to consider and follow... and yet, at the end of the day... if it was totally catastrophic (boat explodes or something)... then there's nothing you can do, really.

I still hold out hope. You just never know. I just wish there was more to go on. Soooooo many variables.
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After an Epirb the best safety equipment to splurge on are some really well constructed and thick type 1 life jackets. Write your vessel name and Epirb registration on them. I also number them as example would be #1 of 4. Then add some good ACR stobes, signal mirrors and really loud whistles. Learn how use the signal mirrors. Check the strobe batteries often. I also have about 3ft of cord on them with stainless clips so you can attach floating persons together or attach to a something like a cooler.
The crappy adult size Walmart life jackets will not keep your head above water in a meaningful way without a lot of exertion.
Also write your vessel name on everything that can float. Fenders, coolers, bottom of beer koozies, rain gear.

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Old 08-23-2019, 07:00 PM
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prayers for both of them and their families.
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Just dang.. So very sad..
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Wow. Took my breath away.
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This sucks so bad. Reminds me of when the kids went missing trying to cross to Bimini.
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Previous threads were too big and I couldn’t keep up, have they definitely found debris linked to their boat, ie tackle bag was for sure from them?
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Originally Posted by dpdash View Post
Previous threads were too big and I couldn’t keep up, have they definitely found debris linked to their boat, ie tackle bag was for sure from them?
The only thing they found that was definitively linked to them was the tackle bag.. Outside of that, nothing.. I heard something about the life jacket, but no one ever confirmed that it belonged to them.. While watching the USCG press conference the day the search was to be terminated, the OIC said that outside the single ping and the bag, nothing had been tied to them..
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Single ping?
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Originally Posted by ckbook View Post
Single ping?
Cell Phone tower long before they went missing.

Tons of threads about safety gear since.
I have posted on most of them. There is no replacement for an EPIRB! Plenty of backups that can't hurt but if you have to go in the water it should be the first line. It is required in some countries as they are smart enough to know it's your best chance of being rescued.

This by 23 Dorado is very good advice.
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After an Epirb the best safety equipment to splurge on are some really well constructed and thick type 1 life jackets. Write your vessel name and Epirb registration on them. I also number them as example would be #1 of 4. Then add some good ACR stobes, signal mirrors and really loud whistles. Learn how use the signal mirrors. Check the strobe batteries often. I also have about 3ft of cord on them with stainless clips so you can attach floating persons together or attach to a something like a cooler.
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