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Coast Guard: Boat has been found, someone clinging to the side
tampabay10news ^ | 3-2-09 | Erica Pitzi

Posted on 03/02/2009 9:40:47 AM PST by rawhide

UPDATE: A family member tells us that the Coast Guard has found a boat with one person clinging to the side. We will have the details posted here as we learn them.

http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=101513&catid=8

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabays10.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: boat; missing; nfl; rescue; uscg

1 posted on 03/02/2009 9:40:47 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide
They (FOX NEWS) are reporting that Schuyler is the person found w/the boat. Cooper's cousin says that the guys were all wearing life vests so he is hopeful that the other three will be found alive.

Prayers going up for all four of these men.

2 posted on 03/02/2009 9:47:38 AM PST by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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wow, I hope the others are found alive. How hard can it be to find these people with modern equipment these days?? Bright orange vest, come onnn


3 posted on 03/02/2009 9:50:27 AM PST by TerP26
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To: rawhide

This is good news because it defines the search area...


4 posted on 03/02/2009 9:52:10 AM PST by tubebender (99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name...)
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To: TerP26

The winds were causing alot of white caps making the search difficult.


5 posted on 03/02/2009 9:52:33 AM PST by HollyB
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To: TerP26

My eyes may be bad but I thought I read that a boat with NFL players was missing? Is this a different story?


6 posted on 03/02/2009 9:52:44 AM PST by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: TerP26

Seas yesterday were 10-14 feet, just a bit less today. Spotting someone, no matter what color the vest, among whitecaps and waves that size is very difficult.


7 posted on 03/02/2009 9:53:21 AM PST by dawn53
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To: angcat

same story 2 nfl players, 2 friends...4 on the boat altogether


8 posted on 03/02/2009 9:54:07 AM PST by dawn53
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gps embedded lifevests anyone?


9 posted on 03/02/2009 9:55:02 AM PST by TerP26
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To: TerP26
gps embedded lifevests anyone?

If the vests had a metal foil attached, they would show up on RADAR.

10 posted on 03/02/2009 9:58:07 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: TerP26

The Coast Guard and the Auxiliary urge people to connect their GPS units to their VHF radios; using the new Rescue 21, any distress call will give an accurate position.


11 posted on 03/02/2009 10:07:10 AM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: dawn53
Seas yesterday were 10-14 feet, just a bit less today.

Hmmmm... Due to winds in the area or far offshore? That's not just 'small craft advisory' time, that's got to be 'small craft warning' time (or perhaps even gale warning), isn't it?

12 posted on 03/02/2009 10:10:57 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: TerP26
This is very very difficult especially with high seas. I have spent many days searching having been in the USCG.

These professional athletes have a lot of muscle which does not like to float thus making treading water more difficult. We don't know the condition of the life vests or if they had flares. Almost every new life jacket has a whistle and a mirror. That mirror is better than anything. The USCG will board boats to make sure these items are there to save lives, and they do. People don't realize this until it is to late.

13 posted on 03/02/2009 10:13:23 AM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of a 5 year old son with Down Syndrome. He's a wonderful gift.)
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To: TerP26
gps embedded lifevests anyone?

Depends on the size of the craft. Large boats will have EPIRBs to send distress/location signals to satellite. Small boats generally only have life vests (or should have). VHF radio signals from a small boat in rough seas are also very iffy, especially considering the distance off shore.

14 posted on 03/02/2009 10:16:13 AM PST by Starboard
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To: ninergold3

Prayers for those men.


15 posted on 03/02/2009 10:20:02 AM PST by SonnyBubba
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To: Starboard

Small or large boat, if you venture offshore you should have an EPIRB on board. They are great devices that transmit your position and your boat identification. I wouldn’t leave shore without my unit on board.


16 posted on 03/02/2009 10:21:33 AM PST by Oldhunk
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To: rawhide

The 920th Rescue Wing stationed at Patrick Air Force Base has joined the search with a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and a HC-130P/N extended range refueling fixed wing airplane.


17 posted on 03/02/2009 10:26:36 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: The Electrician

Problem was they started out Saturday AM (my husband was thinking of taking our boat out too, but he uses the weather radio for advisories and they always check the NOAA sites.) Weather and seas were actually quite nice Saturday AM, and my husband toyed with going into the Bay or just offshore for a short trip.

If they had come back by early afternoon, or just stayed inshore, they’d been fine. But evidently they were trying to go out 50 miles (why, I have no idea...grouper season is closed, and I can’t think of another reason to go that far offshore.)

Saturday afternoon things got nasty, and Sunday was absolutely awful. Still not great today.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/TampaBayMarineWeather.htm#


18 posted on 03/02/2009 10:29:22 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Oldhunk
Small or large boat, if you venture offshore you should have an EPIRB on board.

Agree, but what percentage of small boats (<30') have you seen with EPIRBs? I would add that you don't have to venture off shore to get into serious trouble. I got caught in a summer squall once in a 20' boat--terrifying--but it taught me to pay more attention to the weather. Gotta respect Mother Nature.

19 posted on 03/02/2009 10:30:33 AM PST by Starboard
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To: TerP26

Spotting someone bobbing around is a lot harder than it sounds, even if you know where to look you may never see him. It’s a big ocean.
Jack


20 posted on 03/02/2009 10:34:26 AM PST by btcusn
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To: TerP26

I’d have a personal EPIRB if I had NFL type money!


21 posted on 03/02/2009 10:35:11 AM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: TerP26
How hard can it be to find these people with modern equipment these days?? Bright orange vest, come onnn

Given the size of the search area, a guy in a vest, even in very calm waters is VERY VERY difficult to spot. Now the search area can be reduced, it's still damn difficult spotting a guy in a vest. And most fishermen don't wear the big hinkin orange vests, either.

22 posted on 03/02/2009 10:39:56 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy. FUBO!)
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To: ExpatGator
"I’d have a personal EPIRB if I had NFL type money!"

I'd have a bigger boat.

23 posted on 03/02/2009 10:45:53 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: New Perspective
know the condition of the life vests

and depending on the size of the individual its quite likely 90% of the vest is submerged, just keeping the head above the water line......

24 posted on 03/02/2009 10:47:58 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Welcome to Detroit, the Renaissance city......)
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To: angcat

Yes a “Man” was found but not the NFL players. Despicable hero worship by the MSM. Shows you what the media thinks of College players that don’t make the Detroit Lions.


25 posted on 03/02/2009 4:18:24 PM PST by omega4179 (I hope he fails)
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