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Horrible Boating Accident

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very sad. Thank you for sharing. as awful as this is, the hope one person could be saved from seeing the story is worth sharing.

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1 hour ago, Coto said:

How horrible! I can't even begin to imagine what that father is going through

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Sure it is nice to just to slap it into gear but why not put a neutral lock on the binnacle?  I'm pretty sure my old Evinrude had one.

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8 minutes ago, mulligan said:

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Sure it is nice to just to slap it into gear but why not put a neutral lock on the binnacle?  I'm pretty sure my old Evinrude had one.

But can you imagine the fun trying to dock in a raging current with some kind of neutral lock?

It was a horrible, terrible accident!  But it was an accident.

 

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A nearly identical accident happened to one of my friends and work partners this summer in Greece. He was on a rental boat with his two teenage sons and step-son. His 15 year old son fell off the front of the boat when they hit a wave. My friend was at the helm, but immediately hit his son.  He dove into the water to bring his son back on board, but I believe he died almost immediately. It’s impossible to imagine how horrific that would be for him and the other two boys. 

Since then, every time I’ve seen a boat go by, maybe a little too fast, and with family or friends up in the bow, I think about how quickly things can turn very badly. 

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Prayers to the family.....Yep see folks with their kids riding over the bow rail with the feet hanging over the side and cringe.  FWC does a pretty good job of policing it because we have so much idle zone around us here.

Story has been in the news a week here in Ft. Meyers, hopefully his loss will not be in vain and others can learn a very hard lesson from it.

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