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The report said the boat was 80 miles off off Townsville. Thats where the Great Barrier Reef is. I'm guessing they hit the reef in the night and in a panic took to the life raft OR waited until first light and actually got off onto the reef wich in many parts is shallow enough to walk on and while working out how to get the boat off didn't notice it floating off.

Well I guess that's about as rational as anything else !!
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Just this Thursday, I was sailing with some friends on my 27' Tartan @ Julington Creek, we hugged the shoreline a little too close while soaking up the rays and visuals while even contemplating going up into the creek of this lush landscape that was just across the St. Johns from the Jullington.

Well we opted not to head into the creek, so while looking too get back into the channel we ran aground and bam all 4 of us where out of the boat pushing. None of us thought to put a line out just incase the boat got pushed off and caught the wind. We were actually trying to use the wind to help push us off, so the main sail and the jib where up, and the wind was gusting nicely. So if the wind took the boat I could see a bunch of worn out sailors looking in dismay to just how unfortunately stupid they were for not thinking to throw a line out before attempting to loose their boat.

I wonder what the bottom looks like...

We had to wait for the tide to come back up before finally being able to sail off, so I called my brother and got a ride back to the marina and wound up grabbing some more beer while dropping off two of the passengers. The sailing trip turned into a camping trip. Using the wench we pulled ourselves to deeper water with the anchor we placed in deeper water, we wound up sailing out around 2 AM (high tide), the wind sure did help.

The best part of the day was not sailing, swimming next to the boat with the sails down when the wind calmed down, with a rope with a float attached to the end, Getting stuck there was priceless, watching the stars emerge new moon and sun set followed by all kinds of woodland creatures coming to life at night. I was not looking forward to having to go in the water in the middle of the night to wrestle alligators. It was a good thing the water rose enough for us to get dislodged with just the wind wench and anchor

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This is truly an odd scenario.

I learn alot from everyones mistakes on this site. I just hope I can remember them all when I am out on my boat. While here at school all we have are dinghies, a small lake, and help within eye sight or yelling distance. However I always where a jacket.
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This morning's Oz media is saying that after the cat was towed into Townsville no eveidence was found to explain the crew's disappearance. One would have to figure that damage from grounding on a reef would have been pretty much evident.

I'd note that the authorities are talking about a number of days out there floating around. That sail could have been shredded at any time.
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It is a modern day Marie Celeste... and we may never know what happened..
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Eerie... very eerie. Gives me the goosebumps
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One was a non-swimmer. All the lifejackets were found. If he went over probably with his zip undone, a second would have to jump in straight off.
The third starts the motor locates the others but is unable to pull them in which is not unusual without a special technicque and with both exhausted, and gets pulled in himself.
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What about an Allien ship came around, driven by Elvis and Hoffa....

They pulled over, and asked for some batteries...thus the fenders....they then were abducted, starred on an episode of the X-files, and Michael Jackson, (that deformed *****) has another baby...with Oprah Winfrey.

Then, the Man in Black, disguised as Fish, in pink chiffon dresses, suck their guns in and bring the men to New York, where one drives a Cab, the other one is at a 7 Eleven, and the third, is the fanous naked Cowboy!!!

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What about an Allien ship came around, driven by Elvis and Hoffa....

They pulled over, and asked for some batteries...thus the fenders....they then were abducted, starred on an episode of the X-files, and Michael Jackson, (that deformed *****) has another baby...with Oprah Winfrey.

Then, the Man in Black, disguised as Fish, in pink chiffon dresses, suck their guns in and bring the men to New York, where one drives a Cab, the other one is at a 7 Eleven, and the third, is the fanous naked Cowboy!!!

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But how does that account for Dick Cheney ?
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But how does that account for Dick Cheney ?
Without bringing politics into this...Republicans and Democrats are all the same...

Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face...Clinton shot the girl.....
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