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Latest report is he was just found inside the boat. He was the safety officer, and true enough, everyone got out but him.

May God give peace to his family.
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Rest in peace Roger. My heart felt sympathy for his family.
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Ahhh!! Rats!!!

One of my hopes was he was alive within the air bubble....Sad very sad..
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Wow. Hard to swallow. My heart felt sympathy for his family also.


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Very sorry news.

My thoughts are with his family.

Fair winds, and may you find peace, Roger Stone.


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Sad day...thoughts are with his loved ones...
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I am so happy for 5 families and so sad for another. My thoughts are with them all.

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Three of the survivors were interviewed this morning on the Today show. It was not enlightening as to cause, but there were a few points I gathered:
- they only had about 30 seconds warning from the time the safety officer saw water below and shouted "Water, Water" until the time the boat sank
- the safety officer, who is the one fatality who did not get out of the boat, physically pushed some of the crew out the companionway from below and saved their lives
- they did not remember hearing any impact at all
- they could not get out with their PFDs because the boat had turned and the PFD had inflated in the cabin; therefore they had fewer PFDs than survivors and shared
- they felt that tying themselves together helped enormously in the survival and rescue
- the Coast Guard somehow spotted a faint flashlight from a chopper and did a terrific rescue

Few lessons yet, they seem to have done most things right. I do always keep a lot of flotation up in the cockpit in the form of cushions, horseshoe,etc., primarily for an MOB situation. If one ever got into a sudden sinking at night with folks struggling to get out from below, it might be another use for the floating stuff.

It is clear that the safety officer bravely put the others' lives ahead of his own and made the ultimate sacrifice -- "greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends."
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It is clear that the safety officer bravely put the others' lives ahead of his own and made the ultimate sacrifice -- "greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends."

Well done, Mr. Roger Stone, peace be with you.

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- they could not get out with their PFDs because the boat had turned and the PFD had inflated in the cabin; therefore they had fewer PFDs than survivors and shared"

I always try to think of everything but that never occured to me. I have also debated in my head over which configuration to set my inflatable. Automatic or manual. I currently keep it at automatic. I wonder if it would matter that much in an upside down boat at midnight. I don't remember that being covered in my ASA courses. Yikes!


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