New information on NFL players who pe...

New information on NFL players who perished at sea

There are 74 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 17, 2009, titled New information on NFL players who perished at sea. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Two NFL players may have died just a few hours after their fishing boat capsized in rough seas and possibly before rescuers were even alerted that they and two others were lost off the west coast of Florida, ...

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“Clinging to 'em since 1776”

Since: Sep 07

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#1 Mar 17, 2009
Unlikely as it sounds, I believe they would remove their vests in a panic.

My wife and I were caught in a quick moving storm while snorkeling in John Pennekamp and there were swells from crest to valley of around 8 feet. We are both good swimmers but she thought it would be better to ditch the BC rather than try to swim with it. I had to fight her to leave it on and I even inflated her vest, to be safe (she wasn't happy).

Strange things happens when one panics.
word_up

Rock Hill, SC

#2 Mar 17, 2009
Such a shame, they should have just cut the anchor line and motored home.
Okydocky

Hollywood, FL

#3 Mar 17, 2009
Welcome to Florida!
Ummmhhh, fishy

“I knew it.Hank's a RaidersFan!”

Since: Feb 07

Raleigh, NC

#4 Mar 17, 2009
they said it was a rogue wave and came unexpectedly....the boat flipped before they had a chance to prepare for it.
word_up wrote:
Such a shame, they should have just cut the anchor line and motored home.
Joe

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Mar 17, 2009
We may never know the truth.
SC Jonny

Cincinnati, OH

#7 Mar 17, 2009
This story seems to get abit stranger as time goes by....Black folks have a history of not being able to swim well, the only survivor is white...bottom line...teach your kids to swim as early as possible, mine were taught starting at 3
LFO

Delray Beach, FL

#8 Mar 17, 2009
PhoneBill wrote:
Unlikely as it sounds, I believe they would remove their vests in a panic.
My wife and I were caught in a quick moving storm while snorkeling in John Pennekamp and there were swells from crest to valley of around 8 feet. We are both good swimmers but she thought it would be better to ditch the BC rather than try to swim with it. I had to fight her to leave it on and I even inflated her vest, to be safe (she wasn't happy).
Strange things happens when one panics.
I think your point is well taken. You do not know what you might do until you are in a situation like that.

The sad part about this whole thing is that it didn't have to happen - you could tell from the weather reports that a front was coming in from the West. This was avoidable.
traci

Occoquan, VA

#9 Mar 17, 2009
SC Jonny wrote:
This story seems to get abit stranger as time goes by....Black folks have a history of not being able to swim well, the only survivor is white...bottom line...teach your kids to swim as early as possible, mine were taught starting at 3
That's a VERY racist comment. In this case, I am not sure if Michael Phelps could do better.
By The Sea

United States

#10 Mar 17, 2009
Inexperience on the ocean rarely ends well.

An EPIRB would have made the difference between life and death.
Fla

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Mar 17, 2009
RIP
By The Sea

United States

#12 Mar 17, 2009
SC Jonny wrote:
This story seems to get abit stranger as time goes by....Black folks have a history of not being able to swim well, the only survivor is white...bottom line...teach your kids to swim as early as possible, mine were taught starting at 3
You're kidding, right? The color of a persons skin does not determine whether they can swim well or not.

http://cbs4.com/blackhistory/Black.History.Mo...

The only intelligent thing you said was to teach children to swim at an early age.
Proud

United States

#13 Mar 17, 2009
SC Jonny wrote:
This story seems to get abit stranger as time goes by....Black folks have a history of not being able to swim well, the only survivor is white...bottom line...teach your kids to swim as early as possible, mine were taught starting at 3
If you read the news carefully, you would realize that at least one of them thought he saw land, and "swam" towards it (get it?)
Swimming has nothing to do with this situation. Unless you are going to teach your kids not to be 6'3 and over 200lbs with 4 other guys that size in a 21ft boat 70NM out with no GPS and a stuck anchor, there is nothing sensible you've said.
pompa1wassweet

Pompano Beach, FL

#14 Mar 17, 2009
THE WHOLE STORY SEEMS TO BE CRAZY. I AT THIS POINT I DO NOT THINK THEY WILL FOUND A BODY. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. AND WHY THE STORY KEEP CHANGING. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT??????????
John

AOL

#16 Mar 17, 2009
By The Sea wrote:
Inexperience on the ocean rarely ends well.
An EPIRB would have made the difference between life and death.
Your 100% right. It's not like they couldn't afford it. And to go that far out without one is ludicrous. They gambled with their lives by not having one and lost.
Banana hammock

Summerville, SC

#17 Mar 17, 2009
God be with their souls.
A1ACharles-Let Palin Run

West Palm Beach, FL

#18 Mar 17, 2009
There is not enough room for 4 guys on an overturned boat...
Sunshine

Pompano Beach, FL

#19 Mar 17, 2009
Darkside wrote:
I agree, the caanot swim, but they do repel water quite well. The sharks may hve thought they were a fish in distress....<quoted text>
And you can't spell. Caanot, hve--please. You have nerve making fun of other people.
WILSON

Export, PA

#20 Mar 17, 2009
The ability to swim when you are (50?) miles from shore is moot. Hypothermia was undoubtedly the culprit in this sad case. The survivor stated that they were all clinging to the overturned boat, but the missing boaters turned loose and drifted away.

Since: Jan 07

Coconut Grove

#23 Mar 17, 2009
Going 50+ miles offshore in a 21 ft boat with the weather that was occuring that day was ignorant. And without a distress beacon? Very foolish.
I agree black people tend to not be very strong swimmers.
RIP
Patty

Amarillo, TX

#24 Mar 17, 2009
Censor Beater wrote:
You'd think their fat m.onkey asses would float.
You should have been them!

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