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20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

For want of a $325 PLB-- Man swims 5 hours to get help for family. These folks are lucky to be alive.
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

Nice dip!
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

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For want of a $325 PLB-- Man swims 5 hours to get help for family. These folks are lucky to be alive.
Or a VHF handheld with disc
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

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Or a VHF handheld with disc
Would a handheld DSC radio worked here? I am not even really sure how they work but if its via VHF it might have a limited line of sight from a bobbing user. I still want one for kayaking though.
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

His family is calling him a hero...

"The family had been on a fishing trip organized by Riggs' 70-year-old father, also named John Riggs, a retired commercial waterman from Salisbury, according to the Daily Times. Also aboard the 16-foot skiff were the elder Riggs' daughter, Contessa Riggs, and her 3-year-old son, Conrad Drake, both of Washington; and his 9-year-old granddaughter, Emily Horn, who was visiting from the San Francisco Bay area."

It.. just seems like.. did anyone think before shoving off?

Were Dad and son "showing off"? Because grand dad is an old salt.

I simple zip lock bag for a cell phone even...

5? souls on board? 16ft boat.

"skiff" to me means flat bottom boat. and easy to toss over in a blow.
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

Goes to show, though:

1) wear pfd
2) STAY WITH THE BOAT!
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

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Goes to show, though:

1) wear pfd
2) STAY WITH THE BOAT!

I thought the same thing.. As is typical with these news articles, we are always left with questions. I wonder if they tried to get the kids out of the water onto the overturned hull..? They didn't mention whether or not the swimmer had a life jacket on...they mentioned him resting at a float.

They were lucky the water was warm.

Sometimes, A float plan, even for a day trip is not a bad idea, if you're that overdue it could trigger a call
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

The guy was a hero. But my first thought was that it sounded like they were out on the bay without a radio.
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

More on this incident at harrowing story
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Re: 20/20 Hindsight--Man Swims 5 Hours to Get Help

At the location the boat experienced problems, any handheld VHF would have been more than sufficient to reach the CG or a host of other facilities in the vicinity. As Forest Gump said "Stupid is as stupid does!" (or something like that) Way too many people in a 16-foot skiff.

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