Rogue Storm Off the Coast of FL Causes Boat to Sink
Posted on August 2, 2022 by Michael Wood
I was invited by a new friend on a 30 mile offshore scuba dive trip. He is older and I was not sure of many things, like his diving skills or health, if he had all the necessary marine and safety equipment on board or how mechanically sound his vessel was. The weather was perfect for our trip and the diving went well.
On the return home the boat began experiencing multiple mechanical and electrical problems and eventually completely broke down. A huge storm approached and the rain and waves flooded the boat and we began to sink. After 4 hours communicating with the Coast Guard and waiting for assistance we lost radio contact, we were hopelessly adrift and the storm was sinking the vessel.
Running out of time, daylight and totally out of options, I activated my ResQLink View that I had purchased the night before. The US Coast Guard found us within an hour and 30 minutes and rescued us from the sinking boat. Without this device, we would’ve been floating in the Gulf of Mexico overnight waiting to be found.
This was a very scary and emotional situation since I couldn’t communicate with my wife and kids and I knew they were very worried and upset. When I hit the button, I was comforted to know that instantly the rescue responders were aware of my location and immediately notified my wife that I had been located and help was on the way.
That peace of mind while still going through this horrific ordeal helped me overcome the challenges that still lay ahead to get out of that situation safely. I couldn’t imagine floating all night in the cold and dark waters while my family was up worried sick about me. This device saved the day.
Words of wisdom
You are responsible for your own personal safety and ultimate survival regardless of the situation or who is “in charge“, including the Captain of a boat. You have a powerful tool available to get help for you and / or your loved ones when all other options have failed in case of a life endangering event. You should carry this device with you.
Thank you note
When I finally got home and was laying in bed at 3:00 am, the thought occurred to me; that if I had not bought this device the night before, and activated it and it worked, I would still be floating in the cold and dark waters – scared, freezing and wondering when or if someone would find me. My wife, daughters and other family members would be awake and very upset and worried about me rather than sleeping soundly. This prevented all of that. I am grateful that this product is available and affordable and I highly recommend it for everyone to have as a last resort when all other life saving options have been exhausted. Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!
ResQLink™ ViewGo to product details
Small but resilient, the ResQLink View has been professionally engineered and tested to ensure it can withstand even the harshest elements. This buoyant Personal Locator Beacon requires no subscription for use and includes a digital display providing live status and GPS coordinates. Whether on land, at sea, or in the air, trust that the ResQLink’s satellite precision and military durability, put rescue in the palm of your hands.**Based on test report from an accredited laboratory WARNING: PROP 65