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USCG Searching For Two Missing Boaters Off Jupiter

Old 12-31-2018, 06:28 PM
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Default USCG Searching For Two Missing Boaters Off Jupiter

eleven people on an 18’ boat capsized during route from Freeport to Miami. 9 rescued.

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-n-p...hamas-to-miami
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:09 PM
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Wow.
So many what-the-hell questions...
I just hope they're found safe.
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:03 AM
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11 persons on an 18 foot boat on a long Freeport to Miami run in seas that were not calm to begin with -- this is a Darwin Award story with undoubtedly a nefarious plot. Amazing that 9 were rescued at night from the water. Hoping the other two get lucky, but seems doubtful.
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
11 persons on an 18 foot boat on a long Freeport to Miami run in seas that were not calm to begin with -- this is a Darwin Award story with undoubtedly a nefarious plot. Amazing that 9 were rescued at night from the water. Hoping the other two get lucky, but seems doubtful.
really unbelievable...
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:35 AM
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That's horrible. Makes you imagine a bunch of intrepid teenagers, but who knows? I'm interested in "the rest of the story"
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:37 AM
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Can’t seem to find any other information.
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I was in the gulfstream about 30 miles out a couple of days ago and it was 6-8 ft, one on top of the next one, I can't imagine going through that on an 18' boat with 11 people. luckily most of them were found alive. maybe the coast guard had been following them from the bahamas
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Sad , but , What were they thinking / not thinking
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:57 AM
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Smugglers with refugees.
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I worked the other night and know that FWC apprehended the two boaters who crashed their boat and fled. Did not hear about another with 11.
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I worked the other night and know that FWC apprehended the two boaters who crashed their boat and fled. Did not hear about another with 11.
Near us?

The ones who land on Jupiter Island are screwed!
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I was out in the Gulf Stream off of Palm Beach inlet yesterday listening to the Coast Guard work the rescue. It was blowing 15 to 20 knots with close spaced 5 to 7 footers. If I trolled into it I would occasionally dip the bow on my 28 foot boat. I had never done that before. There way no way that boat was going to make it to Miami in those washing machine seas.

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Old 01-01-2019, 05:23 PM
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Story says a smuggler and 9 year old are the two missing. Crazy to think they would smuggle with 11 in an 18’ boat in those conditions. Makes you a little more aware of the value our boats have in the Bahamas. Very sad story to think of children put into such a dangerous situation. Adults maybe should know better.

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-n-p...-florida-coast
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As expected, this Darwin award story did indeed have a nefarious plot -- a Bahamian human trafficker was trying to transport 10 people, including the missing 9 year old Haitian boy, to Miami from Freeport in an 18 foot boat across a still rough Gulf Stream. Pure insanity. Very sad. The only good to come out of it is that this imbecilic trafficker has met his just demise as shark bait. Poor 9 year old lost at sea. Absolutely remarkable that the 9 survived and were rescued at night. Wonder how they were spotted by a Good Samaritan? It was still pretty damn rough on Sunday when I was fishing off the reef near Fowey. An overloaded 18 footer had absolutely no chance to make a 100 mile southwest crossing against the Gulf Stream.
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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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Originally Posted by J Bridge View Post
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, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by J Bridge View Post
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
congratulations on saving 9 lives.

I assume you left them in the water for your own safety? I wonder how to handle a situation like that but I think that is the only course of action given the desperation involved and they had number that could overpower you and your crew. I was over last week and had a borrowed life raft which could also be a good option to deploy for them. I think I’ll go ahead and pick one up instead of borrowing.

What lessons on s can you share for dealing with this situation?
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Originally Posted by J Bridge View Post
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
That is amazing, talk about their lucky day. What were the sea conditions like when you found them? Were they clinging to the overturned boat?
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That is amazing, talk about their lucky day. What were the sea conditions like when you found them? Were they clinging to the overturned boat?
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