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Old 08-23-2007, 08:27 PM
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I went trolling for bluefish in the Hudson River this afternoon after work..... conditions were perfect - bait fish were everywhere.


I had 2 line out trlling stretch 25' and I was catching some blues. I turn the boat over to a school of baitfish jumping out of the water and a rod goes off. I run to the back of the boat grab the rod and it falls in the water - I each over the rail and before Iknow it I'in the drink and my boat is moving at 2-3 knots away from me........ One lunge for the swim platform and that was it. It kept getting further away - I was doomed.

I look to my left and grab the other remaining line I was trolling, wrap it around my arm and hold on for dear life. After a minute it breaks off and now I'm really screwed. I lost my last connection to my boat that is cruising away from me at 2- knots!!! I am in the middle of the channel of the Hudson River and my boat is about 1/4 a mile away from me. I see it turning slightly to towards the middle of the channel and it looks like it is gonna make a circle to head south for the GW Bridge. There are guys crabbing off the Piermont Pier and I am screaming HELP HELP and they cannot hear me. The boat is definatly making a turn so I kick off my shoes and start swimming for the center of the channel. I am actually making headway toeards the boat - by this time it has made a turn south and I am on course to intercept the boat!! It is still about a 1/4 mile from me .

I line myself up and it's headed at me on an angle - THIS IS MY CHANCE!!

I lunge at the bow rail and miss......... i bob under and pop back up at the stern. I grabbed the swim platform with 2 fingers and held on for dear life...... Pulled myself back up on the boat and ran to the helm to kill the engine. I then ran out to the cockpit and jumped up and down like stalone in Rocky
- I DID IT - I was in total shock and I was totally out of breath and I could not believe my boat came back and I grabbed it. IT WAS A MIRACLE!!

My beautiful Parker was sailing off in the distance and I thought It would eventually hit the TZ Bridge or run into shore. By a stroke of GOD it turned around and came back to me. I am still in shock!!.


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Lucky son of itch
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Good thing that pesky propulsion spinning thing in the back didnt get to you!
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!!!!!COÑOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Fishing FINattic - 8/23/2007 8:35 PM

Good thing that pesky propulsion spinning thing in the back didnt get to you!
Tim
If that thing cut my legs off - I'd still have my boat
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Wow
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Holy crap! That's incredible.
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Did you catch any more fish, or was that enough excitement?
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You should consider upgrading to an engine/controls that come with a kill switch.
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maxferran - 8/23/2007 8:41 PM

Did you catch any more fish, or was that enough excitement?
I chugged a beer , smoke a cig and cruised back to my dock
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Default Re: I fell in while fishing solo!!

glad you are ok.........maybe a longer kill switch???
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dcmomentum - 8/23/2007 8:43 PM

You should consider upgrading to an engine/controls that come with a kill switch.
I have a kill switch on the key but it was not attached to me. I learned a lesson about saftey today - putting all kidding aside - I am happy I am here writing this right now
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parker luck
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Default Re: I fell in while fishing solo!!

You were really F-ing lucky. Makes you think what could have happened.
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Wow!!!!!!!! Glad to hear all turned out OK..
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I fished a few times by myself before but not anymore these days.
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I would do the following if this happened to me.
1. Got to church on Sunday
2. Not fish for a while because my luck would be used up for a while.
3. Or Buy lotto tickets because it may be my luckiest day ever
Seriously be thankfull that you are safe first and the boat is too second. Glad this story had a happy ending. Last year in NCa guy on a large Regulator(I think) had to tread water for a long time (8 hours I think) before rescue and he was lucky enough to have some good guys pick up his boat. That is not the normal outcome though.
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Sounds like a fish story to me.
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Default RE: I fell in while fishing solo!!

Glad you safe......
Thats a spooky story...... we should all be so lucky.....

I would have gone with the beer and the smoke myself......
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I would have taken up smoking again. That some crazy s h i t there. Glad you are ok, that could have went south quick!

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