Survivor: Football players lost at sea took off lifejackets

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The sole survivor of a tragic boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico told investigators that his three fishing companions, which included two NFL players, took off their lifejackets and drifted out to sea, ...
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Erik

New York, NY

#137 Sep 2, 2009
I'm just beginning to study maritime activities.
i.e. my first Midland marine radio. It's only got about a 20 mile range (handheld). I think the 4 men were about 70 miles from shore.
So that wouldn't have helped. Is there, was there some other device/ beacon, transmitter they could have employed?
Once they were declared overdue and the rescue attempts began - what device WOULD have been of use to the men in the water?
Erik - novice...
Sean

Chelmsford, MA

#138 Mar 5, 2010
I don't like the sound of the sole survivors story. Somehting just doesn't add up. Why was he the only one to survive and he had the life jacket on. These men were strong men and in better shpae than the average person. I understand that no matter what shape your in hypothermia will set in and you will do crazy stuff and not act normal. It jsut deosnt sit right with me. The survivor said, one of the guys died in his arms, well why is that ! Why is this guy dying and your not ! I just hope there wasn't any fighting of who should where the life jacket and iot was that sort of scene. Becasue this guy is making it sound like everything was jsut so peaceful and he was holding people before they die. Sorry doesn't sound right! This guy only knows what really happened out there and if things turned ugly between all 4 men. He will have to live with that the rest of his life and I know if that was one of my friends and I didn't do anything to save someone. I mine as well hold a gun to my head, because that will eat away at me the rest of my life! I'm hope I'm wrong with what I predict happened. i just don't believe this guys whole story!

“Just Win Baby!”

Since: Sep 09

Raleigh, NC

#139 Mar 5, 2010
Being strong men has nothing to do with swimming...unless they are strong swimmers. I thought it odd too that he was the only one that could climb on the boat and stay on...but...no one will ever know....and as to one dying in his arms...it could have been hypothermia...if you don't control your heart rate....the faster your heart is pumping the quicker the hypothermia will set in...the trick is to slow the heart down in the cold water...the guy that drowned may have been panicking and the other guy not. it is strange the way it all happen...but it could have easily happened.
Sean wrote:
I don't like the sound of the sole survivors story. Somehting just doesn't add up. Why was he the only one to survive and he had the life jacket on. These men were strong men and in better shpae than the average person. I understand that no matter what shape your in hypothermia will set in and you will do crazy stuff and not act normal. It jsut deosnt sit right with me. The survivor said, one of the guys died in his arms, well why is that ! Why is this guy dying and your not ! I just hope there wasn't any fighting of who should where the life jacket and iot was that sort of scene. Becasue this guy is making it sound like everything was jsut so peaceful and he was holding people before they die. Sorry doesn't sound right! This guy only knows what really happened out there and if things turned ugly between all 4 men. He will have to live with that the rest of his life and I know if that was one of my friends and I didn't do anything to save someone. I mine as well hold a gun to my head, because that will eat away at me the rest of my life! I'm hope I'm wrong with what I predict happened. i just don't believe this guys whole story!
momma chamberlin

Phoenix, AZ

#140 Mar 5, 2010
Raider_Faith wrote:
Being strong men has nothing to do with swimming...unless they are strong swimmers. I thought it odd too that he was the only one that could climb on the boat and stay on...but...no one will ever know....and as to one dying in his arms...it could have been hypothermia...if you don't control your heart rate....the faster your heart is pumping the quicker the hypothermia will set in...the trick is to slow the heart down in the cold water...the guy that drowned may have been panicking and the other guy not. it is strange the way it all happen...but it could have easily happened. <quoted text>
fuckthe raiders and the jets too, they both suck like you do loser. LMAO
snowball

New York, NY

#141 Mar 6, 2010
This was discussed on threads last year. The survivor has since written a book and gone on tv.

Ongoing prayers and condolences to the families.

IMO there are aspects about the story that does not ring true... and the survivor's story seems inconsistent.
rubygoober

Ringgold, GA

#142 Mar 6, 2010
Scott from LB wrote:
Why on Earth would you take off your lifejacket? So sad. RIP
I can't answer the above question but I do know that when a tragedy such as this happens at sea and a person decides to let go their wishes are supposed to be respected.
Long Island Gal

Lindenhurst, NY

#143 Mar 6, 2010
Mom of four wrote:
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Here's a thought...maybe it was longer than 4 hrs. The person telling them it was 4 hrs., could also have been delusioned. I seriously doubt anything wrong happened. Just a tragic accident caused by inexperienced boaters. No one in their right mind would have gone out so far, not checked weather and anchored in such high seas.
It's been a long time since I've been on a boat, but I remember the rules of boating VERY well.
ANYONE who has a boat or plans to get a boat make SURE you take the Coast Guard Class. 80% of the people out there have NO idea of what they are doing out there. SAVE Your OWN lives. There is a TON of things you need to know out there. Their first mistake was NOT telling anyone on shore WHERE they were going AND WHEN they should be back. People stating something isn't right with the story such as "taking off life jackets" and "hypothermia so quickly" have NO idea what they are talking about. Hypothermia, dehydration and becoming delusional can happen quite quickly.
Long Island Gal

Lindenhurst, NY

#144 Mar 6, 2010
Sean wrote:
I don't like the sound of the sole survivors story. Somehting just doesn't add up. Why was he the only one to survive and he had the life jacket on. These men were strong men and in better shpae than the average person. I understand that no matter what shape your in hypothermia will set in and you will do crazy stuff and not act normal. It jsut deosnt sit right with me. The survivor said, one of the guys died in his arms, well why is that ! Why is this guy dying and your not ! I just hope there wasn't any fighting of who should where the life jacket and iot was that sort of scene. Becasue this guy is making it sound like everything was jsut so peaceful and he was holding people before they die. Sorry doesn't sound right! This guy only knows what really happened out there and if things turned ugly between all 4 men. He will have to live with that the rest of his life and I know if that was one of my friends and I didn't do anything to save someone. I mine as well hold a gun to my head, because that will eat away at me the rest of my life! I'm hope I'm wrong with what I predict happened. i just don't believe this guys whole story!
The guy who survived had gotten sea sick earlier in the trip and had on MORE clothes than the other three. These were 4 guys who all made a TRAGIC decision on that day. 70 miles out for INexperienced boats is about 68 miles TOO FAR.

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