Monday, December 20, 2010
Sad and Strange
Strange: Yesterday as I was dumping the garbage in the Municipal Marina dumpster I overheard a conversation about a sailboat about 15 miles offshore that was taking on water. The local responders had attempted to go out the inlet in a small RIB but were driven back by the wave action. Their 65' boat did go out as did an 85' USCG cutter and a USCG helicopter. The helicopter dropped a dewatering pump The 65' boat reportedly did not have enough power to take the sailboat in tow so the USCG cutter was enroute to bring them in. This morning my friend Bill (KI4MMZ) called me to tell me that the dewatering was unsuccessful and the Coast Guard was towing the sailboat to Ponce de Leon Inlet. Now here is the strange part. The people on board said that they had grounded in the ICW and then taken a wrong turn and ended up in the Atlantic Ocean. Since they were at least 15 miles offshore and out of the sight of land I wonder when they caught on that they were in the wrong place?
You know guys, we never ask for directions!
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