Home Tournaments Calendar Weather Merchandise Sponsors

Go Back   Spearboard.com - The World's Largest Spearfishing Diving Boating Social Media Forum > General Topics (Non-regional) > Diving Safety, Accidents and Incidents

Diving Safety, Accidents and Incidents Post here to discuss accidents, incidents, ideas, gear, or anything else to improve spearfishing safety. Memorials and condolences threads should be placed in that separate forum.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-16-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
KillaB27
Registered User
 
KillaB27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sarasota, FL
Age: 33
Posts: 160
Need your help finding a boat adrift

Fellow Spearos,

We had some scary news this morning that turned into great news. One of our fellow spearos had their anchor let loose while they were snorkeling. The gentlemen swam for hours trying to catch up to the boat, but the boat was drifting faster than he could swim. For 20 hours he was adrift in the Florida Keys outside of Marathon where he was eventually spotted by a lobster boat early this morning. He was picked up about 15 miles north of Marathon and is in good health and spirits which is the best news of all. At this point, they are trying to locate his boat and we need your help.

The boat is a:
2015 24' Yellowfin
Baby blue hull color
Tower and upper station
Boat name is "Fishing Rod"
Dive flag is more than likely still up in the air
Anchor line is still hanging off of the bow
Will update with registration # when we get it

Please PM me if you have or hear of anything. The loss of a boat would suck, but he is alive and well which is the most important thing of all.

Thank you all for anything you can do to assist.
__________________
2015 Everglades 243CC
KillaB27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 02:47 PM   #2
Gary Schulte
Registered User
 
Gary Schulte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: San Diego
Age: 60
Posts: 1,232
Send a message via AIM to Gary Schulte
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

Second time this week I've read about divers losing their boats.
Gary Schulte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2016, 09:03 AM   #3
diverlen
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tequesta, FL
Posts: 1,147
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

For safety reasons, an experienced dive boat captain needs to be in the boat at all times, regardless of whether the boat is anchored or not. Just my opinion based on over 40 years of diving.
diverlen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2016, 10:09 AM   #4
xrispearo
you cant see mee
 
xrispearo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: SORIAPP
Posts: 2,294
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

This is my worst fear. Good luck in the search, spread the word online.
__________________
Man In His Element
xrispearo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2016, 06:03 PM   #5
KillaB27
Registered User
 
KillaB27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sarasota, FL
Age: 33
Posts: 160
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

Boat was found by a container ship yesterday and coordinates were called into the Coast Guard. Insurance company sent Tow Boat US and Seatow to collect the boat. Will update when we have more information.
__________________
2015 Everglades 243CC
KillaB27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2016, 06:44 PM   #6
KillaB27
Registered User
 
KillaB27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sarasota, FL
Age: 33
Posts: 160
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

Boat is on the trailer and almost home. Tow Boat US sent a plane out to relocate the boat after it was called in and found it 86 miles southwest of Key West. Got to listen to the message left by the Captain of the recovery vessel and was an awesome thing listening to it with the owner, "We have your vessel in tow and have started our return journey to Key west".
__________________
2015 Everglades 243CC
KillaB27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2016, 05:32 AM   #7
sealark
Registered User
 
sealark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pensacola Fl
Posts: 386
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

Glad to see it work out for the owner. Ill bet the tow boat operator was quite happy also. He probably added, And the banks are still open. Sorry I couldn't resist.
sealark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 02:00 PM   #8
Jankglass
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Key largo
Age: 27
Posts: 140
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

Quote:
Originally Posted by sealark View Post
Glad to see it work out for the owner. Ill bet the tow boat operator was quite happy also. He probably added, And the banks are still open. Sorry I couldn't resist.
haha im sure he has good insurance so he didn't have to pay out of pocket.
Jankglass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2016, 07:50 PM   #9
MeTo
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 570
Re: Need your help finding a boat adrift

I have Boat US and would not leave the dock without it. The $190 a year for boat and trailer assist are well worth it. I lost my water pump 20 miles from shore and they were there in under 45 minutes. Towed my 20 foot WA cuddy at 20 knots.
MeTo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:41 AM.


The World's Largest Spearfishing Diving Social Media Forum Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2002 - 2014 Spearboard.com