Coast Guard got no SOS from 2 missing...

Coast Guard got no SOS from 2 missing Bucs players

There are 34 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 2, 2009, titled Coast Guard got no SOS from 2 missing Bucs players. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Coast Guard received no distress signal from a fishing boat that disappeared off Florida's Gulf Coast while carrying two NFL players and two former college players.

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Grandma Fudd

Oviedo, FL

#1 Mar 2, 2009
Having had some experience with boats this size in rough weather I can tell you it ain't fun and it is fraught with danger. If they got disabled and couldn't hold the boat into the waves they easily could have been swamped and capsized. Too many boats go out with one motor only which is very unwise and too, if it got really rough, a 2 hour transit to a buoy or wreck could turn in 5-6 hours and cause them to run out of fuel. If they went 50 miles out they might easily have been way out of range for a little low power VHF radio to do any good.
Harsh Realities

Lehigh Acres, FL

#2 Mar 2, 2009
I went to the Evergladesboats.com and looked at the 21 foot boat they have on the web page. Small boat to go out of the sight of land. Hope they are found alive and safe.

“THE ORIGINAL -- FROM GEORGIA”

Since: Sep 08

Smyrna, GA

#3 Mar 2, 2009
An absolutely horrible situation. I hope and pray that they are found alive. I also pray for their families. What a horrible situation!
nana2

Tarpon Springs, FL

#5 Mar 2, 2009
Harsh Realities wrote:
I went to the Evergladesboats.com and looked at the 21 foot boat they have on the web page. Small boat to go out of the sight of land. Hope they are found alive and safe.
I agree and considering that the 4 guys that went out in this boat weighed about 250 lbs each that's a lot of total weight for this small boat in bad and rough seas..
Ray

Oviedo, FL

#6 Mar 2, 2009
I'm praying that these guys are safe and return home soon.
Tyrone

Oviedo, FL

#7 Mar 2, 2009
If I can see the other end of the boat from where I am, it's too small to go out.
Been There Done That

Oviedo, FL

#8 Mar 2, 2009
We used to go out of sight of land off of Canaveral many times and even crossed over to the Bahamas but always we picked calm early morning conditions and followed bigger party boats out and back and kept them is sight plus we had a good HF marine radio with range to reach other boats and the CG easily. We also had 2 good motors and plenty of gas on board. At the first sign of impending bad weather we hauled booty back into shore too. I have a suspicion that there was probably plenty of drinking on this trip and guys with little formal training in boating safety and respect for what can happen. I agree too, a little VHF marine radio isn't going to reach the CG from 50 miles out in a little boat, even if they could reach it and turn it on and call for help if they got capsized or swamped. If you get turned the wrong way to breaking big waves in a little boat you can kiss your booty goodbye.
My name is Coco

Atlanta, GA

#9 Mar 2, 2009
Very sad. I pray that these guys are alive. They very well may still be out their. This really sucks.
nana2

Tarpon Springs, FL

#10 Mar 2, 2009
I'm also surprised that they haven't at least spotted the boat out there.. One of the first things they teach you if the boat capsizes to stay near the boat..
pppptttttt

Scottsmoor, FL

#11 Mar 2, 2009
50 miles out in a 21 ft boat!!!
Very risky on a good day.
pppptttttt

Scottsmoor, FL

#12 Mar 2, 2009
good point about 1000 lbs of extra weight. That is a lot. And i would bet the life jackets where inadequate as well.
Steve

Orlando, FL

#13 Mar 2, 2009
Conservative Republican wrote:
Who in their right mind would purposely take a small craft out in stormy conditions? Obviously, not these two guys. Sad but better they're not in the gene pool.
When they went out on Saturday morning, the weather was NOT stormy. The weather was expected to turn bad later in the afternoon/evening.
nana2

Tarpon Springs, FL

#14 Mar 2, 2009
Steve wrote:
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When they went out on Saturday morning, the weather was NOT stormy. The weather was expected to turn bad later in the afternoon/evening.
your point is well taken however, good fishermen always look at the weather conditions and reports for the day and if the reports show (and it did) that the weather would turn late in the day then they should have been back on land by that time..

Since: Sep 08

AOL

#15 Mar 2, 2009
Conservative Republican wrote:
Who in their right mind would purposely take a small craft out in stormy conditions? Obviously, not these two guys. Sad but better they're not in the gene pool.
Well, that's a crappy post. 4 people could possibly be dead and you're thinking about their gene pool? You're a turd.
dee

Lincoln, RI

#17 Mar 2, 2009
petsmom wrote:
An absolutely horrible situation. I hope and pray that they are found alive. I also pray for their families. What a horrible situation!
hi petsmom i hope they are all ok. its snowed here it crappy out here in ri
Sam

Pensacola, FL

#18 Mar 2, 2009
Conservative Republican wrote:
Who in their right mind would purposely take a small craft out in stormy conditions? Obviously, not these two guys. Sad but better they're not in the gene pool.
Why do you have to be such a jerk in all your posts? It's not necessary.
harlem

Eustis, FL

#19 Mar 2, 2009
nana2 wrote:
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your point is well taken however, good fishermen always look at the weather conditions and reports for the day and if the reports show (and it did) that the weather would turn late in the day then they should have been back on land by that time..
they aren't good fisherman or boaters.. they are NFL players with little boating experience.

99.9% of the boating trips that leave Tampa come back. the fact they didn't wasn't just cause of the weather.. there was definately other issues involved.

lack of experience comes to mind
harlem

Eustis, FL

#20 Mar 2, 2009
Conservative Republican wrote:
Who in their right mind would purposely take a small craft out in stormy conditions? Obviously, not these two guys. Sad but better they're not in the gene pool.
isn't it time for you to leave St. Cloud? times are changing buddy.

they were NFL players which means they are excellent athletes, so it would hurt the gene pool. DUH.
Maxfield

Plymouth, MN

#21 Mar 2, 2009
Conservative Republican wrote:
Who in their right mind would purposely take a small craft out in stormy conditions? Obviously, not these two guys. Sad but better they're not in the gene pool.
From what I read in yesterday's paper, the small craft warning was not issued till afternoon.
Curious

United States

#22 Mar 2, 2009
Conservative Republican wrote:
Who in their right mind would purposely take a small craft out in stormy conditions? Obviously, not these two guys. Sad but better they're not in the gene pool.
Conservative Republican you are pathetic!

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