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Old 02-07-2019, 08:26 AM
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I understand there was an accident in SB this morning. From what I'm hearing someone went in the water and hasn't been found. Sheriff and Wildlife are out there. Anyone hear anything more about this?

I know it was very foggy down there early this morning which complicates things.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:19 AM
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I will end up providing some details on this at some point. I am working with our PA office on the initial release.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:06 AM
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https://www.nola.com//news/2019/02/c...rd-parish.html

Sad. Family is in my prayers.

I just found out through a relative of the missing.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:59 PM
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This one is being investigated by LAWF, so I won't be able to provide any additional details.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:07 PM
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Man I hate to hear that.

Be careful out there fellas.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:14 PM
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This is so terribly sad. And so terribly avoidable. Visibility was crap out there this morning and to not be wearing any type of vest is unbelievable. Condolences to the family of the deceased.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:18 PM
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Prayers for the family
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:41 PM
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No doubt, with hindsight, a life vest should have been worn. But I along with most guys on this site have found ourselves in very poor weather or sea conditions on our boats and no one aboard bothered to put on a vest. We too often assume the worst won’t happen. I don’t want to judge these guys, and to say it’s unbelievebale is overstating it. It happens all the time.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:59 AM
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Sad. Fog has been bad lately. Tuesday night, around midnight, visibility was down to 100 yards or so. I couldn't see camps that far away from me.
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Just heard a second hand account from a relative of the victim. There were so many ways this could have been avoided and/or had a different outcome than it did. It was a hard story to hear.

Just so everybody is not as complacent in their routines... please take the time to:

Wear your PFDs
Use your kill switch
Have a throwable within easy reach and make sure everybody on board knows where it is kept

If any of these would have been in practice, yesterday...this probably has a much different outcome...the first item being the most important.
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueShamu View Post
Just heard a second hand account from a relative of the victim. There were so many ways this could have been avoided and/or had a different outcome than it did. It was a hard story to hear.

Just so everybody is not as complacent in their routines... please take the time to:

Wear your PFDs
Use your kill switch
Have a throwable within easy reach and make sure everybody on board knows where it is kept

If any of these would have been in practice, yesterday...this probably has a much different outcome...the first item being the most important.
I would never say or type anything to diminish the importance of the engine cut-off switch or any type of PFD, but if you have gone to the point that one of those was necessary, isn't there some other safety consideration that would have precluded their need?
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I would never say or type anything to diminish the importance of the engine cut-off switch or any type of PFD, but if you have gone to the point that one of those was necessary, isn't there some other safety consideration that would have precluded their need?
I'll go with one that is probably the easiest, and costs NOTHING.

SLOW DOWN in reduced/limited visibility.

No fish is worth anyone's life.

Prayers to the friends and families of those affected.
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I would never say or type anything to diminish the importance of the engine cut-off switch or any type of PFD, but if you have gone to the point that one of those was necessary, isn't there some other safety consideration that would have precluded their need?
Yes...as mentioned above, slowing down to accommodate visibility limitations would have also helped tremendously in this situation. That was definitely a contributing factor in what was told to me.
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:20 PM
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My friend, who lives in Shell Beach, is the one who told me what happened yesterday morning. He said the fog was very thick when those guys put out and they never should have left the dock without radar. This tragedy is so much like those duck hunters on opening day trying to cross the river in a duck boat while gale conditions where whipping the river up. I get the enthusiasm and the want to get out there, but loosing common sense in bad conditions seems to continuously kill good people. It's just so heartbreaking.

When I was younger I was invincible and was never going to die. Now I realize that life is fragile and lost all too quickly. I never leave the dock without my vest on, and I never try to navigate in foggy conditions. I love to fish, but I don't love it that much. Be safe people.
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I was down there the last few days and if you didn't have radar you shouldn't have been out.
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