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USCG Searching For Two Missing Boaters Off Jupiter

Old 01-02-2019, 07:27 PM
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Please post pics and more details , congrats on saving lives , talk about right place, right time.

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I was the captain on the vessel that found them. We were on a 32 ft Sea Vee fishing for two days in the Bahamas. We came across the boat at approx 1 pm Monday. It was pure luck we were cruising home on autopilot and our course ran within 50 ft of the capsized vessel. Only half the people were wearing life jackets so we provided more along with Gatorade and waters. We called it in on the VHF and stood by till the Coast Guard Cutter got there. I have a map that shows where they were found and how far we drifted in the 2 1/2 hours it took the cutter to get there, but I have less that 10 posts so I cannot post it
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:11 PM
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Congratulations, Captain. You are truly blessed. How wonderful it must feel to have rescued those 9 desperate souls! It's a true miracle that you spotted them in that vast ocean. You and your crew are forever heroes to those you saved. Thank God there are mariners like you out there willing to help.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:47 PM
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Wow those 9 are lucky.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:12 AM
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I used to think that nobody would steal my raggedy old 17 footer for this kind of malfeasance. Now I'm not so sure.
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:27 PM
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We were fishing up near the corner Sunday 40ish miles N of West End and pulled in lines a little after 12 to head back to Palm Beach Inlet. We had been fishing in the area all morning and only saw one other center console trolling the ledge. We had been running for approx. 30 min when we spotted the capsized boat at which point, we were 10 miles of so off the bank. I believe 20 min sooner or later and we never would have seen them. I didn’t have the radar running and its unlikely I would have seen the capsized boat on it anyways with how rough it was and the fact it was barely sticking out of the water. Seas were 3-4 ft with 15 knot winds. When we found the boat, we immediately started hailing the Coast Guard on the VHF. I was surprised they were able to hear us given we were 45 miles off Jupiter and I only have 8ft antennas mounted on the hardtop. The VHF was spotty, but I was able to get our coordinates across at which point a boat named Family Tradition heard the location and said they were close by and changing course to head our way, I think they were 5 miles or so South of us and on route to Stuart. We noticed only about half were wearing life jackets, so we pulled out a life jacket bag and put a bunch of drinks in it. We tied it to a fishing rod and trolled it by them. We discussed it as a crew and something didn’t seem right about the situation, so we opted not to let them board our vessel. They were all out of the water sitting on the bottom of the boat, so we didn’t think being on our boat was a necessity. The boat although capsized seemed stable enough to remain on for a couple of hours till the cutter got there. I had a life raft with us and that would have probably been a good option had they been in the water. They informed us they were out of Freeport and had flipped in the middle of the night. Initially they never mentioned the 9-year-old missing to us, just the Bahamian captain, it wasn’t until Family Tradition was on scene that they extracted that information. Family Tradition was a 60ft motor yacht with antennas at least 20ft higher than mine so she had an easier time transmitting to the Coast Guard over the VHF. We both remained with the capsized vessel till the cutter got there. Once on scene the Coast Guard was very swift in launching their RIB and recovering the people. The Coast Guard cleared us to continue heading to West Palm and we were on our way clearing the inlet just as the sun went down. Many thanks to the Coast Guard for responding to the call and rescuing those people.
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:42 PM
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Many thanks to the Coast Guard for responding to the call and rescuing those people.
many thanks to YOU guys for saving their lives!
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:56 PM
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I get chills reading your story, J Bridge. What you and your crew did -- and Family Tradition did -- are just so fantastic. You handled the situation perfectly and very safely. You're a role model for us all. I hope you caught loads of fish before your great rescue, lol. If not, next time you surely will.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by heatzig View Post
many thanks to YOU guys for saving their lives!
Just a word of advice. Even if you cant hear the USCG responding to your calls, they can hear you (assuming your vfh works).

If you are ever in doubt, make the call over and over to the coast guard. Chances are they can hear you, and if not, chances are someone close enough is relaying that information.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:22 PM
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Well done J Bridge!!!
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by nexxxt214 View Post
Just a word of advice. Even if you cant hear the USCG responding to your calls, they can hear you (assuming your vfh works).

If you are ever in doubt, make the call over and over to the coast guard. Chances are they can hear you, and if not, chances are someone close enough is relaying that information.
Better yet pop the EPIRB, this situation certainly warranted doing that. Now you know you will be found. They would have sent a helo or jet to scope you out.

Good work Capt.!
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:58 PM
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Thanks for sharing all the details and again well done.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:20 PM
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Great job JB! Did the CG comment on the way that situation should have been handled any different? I am thinking you did exactly what the situation allowed. Don’t think there is anything I would have done differently, just curious if CG mentioned anything. You guys should be proud of yourselves.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:25 PM
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Well done Captain!
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:30 PM
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We thought about deploying the Epirb and asked the Coast Guard if we should, but they told us not to since they already had our location and were aware of the situation. We didn't receive feedback from the Coast Guard on how we handled the situation. They thanked us for calling it in and wished us a safe journey to Palm Beach. We left very shortly after everyone was transferred off the capsized boat as we still had a 1 1/2 hour ride back to the inlet. I still can't post photos if one of you Hulltruth experts wants to pm me an email address I'll email some to be posted.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by nexxxt214 View Post
Just a word of advice. Even if you cant hear the USCG responding to your calls, they can hear you (assuming your vfh works).

If you are ever in doubt, make the call over and over to the coast guard. Chances are they can hear you, and if not, chances are someone close enough is relaying that information.
This is very good advice. Obviously include your position, vessel description, nature of distress and amount of P.O.B.'s in your frequent transmissions. Their vessels are generally equipped with Radio Directional Finders which will also help in locating you if your coordinates are not readable or accurate.

Again, well done with your life saving efforts Captain. Nothing you did should be questioned or second guessed. It should be noted by all mariners that ignoring a distressed mariner, wether it's visible or via a VHF transmission, when at sea is not only selfish but extremely dishonorable. Without getting in to too much detail of my former career and boating experiences, I can say it feels good knowing you're responsible for saving lives. These folks obviously didn't belong in our country but they didn't deserve to die trying either.
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I’ve made contact with J Bridge who is so new to THT that he’s not yet allowed to post photos. He’s sent me some amazing photos of the rescue he and his two lifelong friends effected in the choppy Gulf Stream waters on their return from fishing the northwest corner of the Little Bahama Bank.

As as you can see from the first photos of the tiny overturned vessel in the waves, it’s an absolute miracle that these three guys spotted the hapless victims. All would have surely perished if not for J Bridge and his friends’ actions. The vessel had overturned the night before and the victims had been in the water for hours already.

With all the horrible news stories we’re bombarded with daily, it certainly makes me feel great to know that THT’r J Bridge and his friends accomplished a New Year’s miracle.








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Old 01-04-2019, 06:01 AM
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Thank you, Captain!
And thanks for the update/photos.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:30 AM
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Wow. What a story. Amazing that you were in the right place at the right time. Kudos to you and your crew.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:35 AM
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Wow, what an incredible rescue.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:44 AM
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Well, how much did THAT cost the US taxpayer?
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