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Mechanical failure

Fishing

31°59'36.6"N 80°16'13.8"W

31.208207633119°N, -79.47392775°W

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Joseph

What happened?

Five of my friends and I had decided to go about 60 miles offshore of Savannah to fish the Navy Towers. However, when we were about five miles short of the tower we heard the right engine begin to knock. The boat’s owner decided to raise the motor to check it out, but a spare prop sheared off the hydraulic steering fitting. This left us with no steering on all three motors. We tried to hand steer and use other methods for about three hours.

However, a strong storm began to close in on us and the waves began to pick up. After the call was made to set off the beacon, within four minutes a container ship was diverted towards our boat. Then, the storm began. After about thirty minutes the storm let up, and ten minutes later we saw a Coast Guard helicopter flying towards us. It stayed on site with us talking VHF radio for about forty minutes before sending a Coast Guard Small Boat to tow us back. About two hours later, the boat arrived to begin the five hour tow back. The rescue made it on local Savannah nightly news and the newspaper as well. 

Words of wisdom

Always keep at least one PLB or EPIRB on board if you’re going offshore.

Thank you note

Thank you for a dependable product, it saved our lives. Please take a look at the news story here: https://www.wtoc.com/2018/10/08/coast-guard-rescues-boaters-off-savannah-coast/

Rescue location

31°59'36.6"N 80°16'13.8"W

Rescue team

Coast Guard

ResQLink™+

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View. Learn More It may be small, but it's tough. The ResQLink™+ Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a buoyant, GPS-enabled rescue beacon that's suited for outdoor adventures of all sizes (think: everything from hiking and cycling to hunting and fishing). Should you run into an unexpected survival situation, the ResQLink+ PLB will relay your location to a network of search and rescue satellites, allowing local first responders to more easily get you home safe and sound. Be Prepared for the Unpredictable!  
  • Buoyant
  • LED strobe light
  • Self Test
  • 66 Channel GPS
  • Easy emergency activation
  • Antenna clip

WARNING: PROP 65

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