Cross out alt
  • Right chevron
    • English (US) Checkbox full
    • Español Checkbox empty
    • Français (FR) Checkbox empty

     

    Checkout arrow left
    Back to
    survivor
    stories
    Our <br/>survivor<br/> stories
     
    Carrabelle, FL
    Fishing
    29.8533°N, 84.6643°W
     
     
    Our
    survivor
    stories
    Carrabelle, FL
    Fishing
    29.8533°N, 84.6643°W

    Survivor
    Terry
    Rescued By
    Coastguard
    Date Of Rescue
    2012-09-14
    Globalfix pro epirb front view

    GlobalFix™ PRO

    2842, 2844
    Shop Now

    Lives saved

    6
    Adults

    Activity

    Fishing

    Terrain

    Ocean

    Issue

    Boat Sinking

    What happened?

     

    Friday, September 14, 2012 at approximately 7:30pm, five men and myself set out for a fishing trip. We anchored the boat, two miles north of the S Tower out from Carrabelle, Florida at approximately 10:00 pm. We fished, cooked dinner and ate on the boat. Roughly around 10:30 one of the men wanted to look at the engine room. Byron Sheffield took him down and showed him around. At that time everything was in working order. Around 11:00pm, I (Terry Womble) went to bed, by 12:30pm all the other guest were bedded down for the night. 


    Approximately 5:00am, Todd heard the generator shut off, it woke him up, so he got up and walked out onto the cockpit to see what was going on. There was roughly two inches of water in the cockpit. He screamed, waking everyone. I walked out and saw the water. I had Byron take a knife to the front of the boat. I instructed him to cut the anchor rope, once I had both engines running. He asked for a life jacket, which I promptly gave him. I tried the port engine, it cranked and after about 5 seconds, it shut off. I tried the starboard engine, the battery was dead. At that point, I called "May Day, May Day" on VHF, this is Dirty Pool II, a 43' Egg harbor, 2 miles North of the S Tower and we are going down fast." The Coast Guard responded, asked how many people on board. I responded "Six, over and out." While this was going on, all the other crew members were putting on their life jackets, they put a 150 Quart cooler in the water. I ran down the stair, went inside to the couch, retrieved the water proof flair case, looked for the E-Pirb. Byron already had it. 


    By now most were in the water, I got into the water. All six gathered around the cooler, were accounted for and okay. I then realized that I had left my wallet on the fly bridge. I asked Byron to swim with me to get it. We got to about thirty feet from the back of the boat, and I realized it was not worth it. Byron and I turned back to the circle of men by the cooler. We were all in the water by approximately 5:10 am. We saw the helicopter fly over the first time doing their search at 7:55am. It was about thirty minutes before the coast guard made physical contact with any of the party. News Picks up's from our Rescue: WJHG.com


    4d59178efd7aac4377bd32770a83561d
    52c5cc387097c2b415c1f50a82deab9b
    316a925b1d255df6512f19f5c529561b
    10f1059a8ced73ff4a27fab4f343fda0
    4d59178efd7aac4377bd32770a83561d


    Words of Wisdom

     
    This serves as a reminder to all mariners that preparedness and proper safety gear are critical.

    Thank you note to ACR

     

    Thank you ACR!

    Rescue Location

     

    GlobalFix™ PRO

    2842, 2844

    Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)

    #StaySafeOutThere with the GlobalFix™ PRO Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). This beacon is equipped with an internal GPS that quickly and accurately relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites, should you run into a boat emergency. Have peace of mind every time you head offshore knowing that the GlobalFix PRO EPIRB consistently takes the ‘search’ out of ‘search and rescue’.

     

    Our survivor stories

    458839e9694852d22f80f385aa475de8

    Sherman Saddle, Idaho

    View full story Pdetail survivor arrow icn

    Dominican republic

    Dominican Republic

    View full story Pdetail survivor arrow icn

    Surv news icn

    THE NEWS

    A Boater's Guide To Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs)

    A quick guide on...

    Home news arrow
    Florida Boaters with EPIRBs and PLBs to Receive Discounts on Vessel Registration Fees

    Learn how the ...

    Home news arrow
    How the Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue System Works with EPIRB, Personal Locator Beacons, and ELTs

    Quietly flying above...

    Home news arrow
    Arrow right
    Arrow right

    Your cart

    Your cart

     

    0 items

    Your cart is empty

    Subtotal