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The two things you don't want to forget and leave on shore are beer and common sense; not necessarily in that order. Well maybe in that order.
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...Common sense is often inversely proportional to beer consumption...so saving it for the dock can be a good thing. I have no idea if alchohol was involved though..so I'll just say that I'm glad they got fished out.

It could simply be that the heat..and " Irrational Exhuberance" may have got the better of them.
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The U.S. Coast Guard said one person had jumped out of the boat to go swimming, but had been pushed away from the boat by the wind and waves. Another person aboard the sailboat jumped in to help pull the swimmer back to the boat but also got pulled away. The third person who jumped into the water also was unsuccessful and was pulled away by the waves.
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Good thing the two people who stayed on the boat had the sense to call for help instead of jumping in like lemmings.

As a side note, I intend to leave my beer on the shore, to save room for common sense.
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At least the last two were smart enough to stay onboard and call for help.

Opppps! Looks like we posted the same thing at the same time.
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Re: So dumb its funny ... or just sad?

Flabbergasting!
They made a bad sailing movie with a plot like this where the entire crew ended up in the water in the ocean and no way to get back on board.
Hard to believe that this happened. They are lucky the last 2 people could figure out how to use the VHF radio; the three 'swimmers' would have been screwed otherwise.
I'll bet big boat bucks that the owner of this boat will throw out a floating line and/or ring the next time he wants to go for a dip.

Un-friggingbelievable.
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The odd thing was that I saw a lot of that going on yesterday. There was a C&C that was hove to with people in the water well inside Thomas Point. I also saw a Rhodes Reliant doing the same thing on the rhumb line between Thomas Point and AH1, (as in powerboat on autopilot alley). You just have to wonder sometimes.

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I have a paranoia about my boat sailing off without me. It is why I always tie a float when I go into the water, (boat usually anchored).
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As my dearly, departed, pappy used to say "Common sense ain't very damned common these days," and "The average person is well below average."

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So what do we learn from this, folks?
Even if you're in the water on purpose, tether yourself to your boat. The vessel may be hove to, but you aren't.
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