Boat went down right next to us.

NATIVE

Deeper and Faster
Apr 2, 2008
345
79
28
Earth
Name
'Smitty'
Boat
BaseCamp Parker 2520
This Saturday 7-2-16 at 1:30am we responded to a distress call of a vessel taking on water off of La Jolla. We had 300' of anchor line out and we were making bait for chasing tuna. By the time we got the anchor in and cleared all lines the boat in distress was charging straight at us blasting an air horn and screaming for help.

3 men were on board and were freaking out. We asked them where the water was entering the hull and they said they couldn't figure it out. We ran down a list of other things to look for but he said they had already checked everything we suggested. We instructed them to pull the plug, gun the throttle and we would follow to assist. The owner striped down, jumped in and failed to pull the plug, "no life vest" At this point the water was half way up the engine cowling and just below transom.

The captain gets back in the boat and asks me to tie off to his boat and tow him in. I tell him no way, that's not going to happen as that would put my crew and I at risk of also sinking. Less than a minute latter water starts poring over the transom and the boat quickly starts going down. We are yelling at them to get away from the boat but they all hang on to the boat until the bow goes straight up and rolls over.

The captain bails and swims over to us leaving his father in the water flailing around with a half on life jacket. By the time the father got close enough for me to grab his hand he was going under and choking on water. He wouldn't have made it another 5'.

At this point we realized the 3rd person is nowhere to be seen and the captain is screaming his name out. He finally pops up next to the sinking boat and manages to swim over to us. I don't believe he would have Made it much longer as well. We get them all on board and wrapped them in blankets. I jumped on Ch16 and informed them that all three occupants had been pulled from the water and were safe. 30 minutes later a life guard boat met up with us and we transferred the men to the life guard boat.

Lessons learned from this shit show.

Make sure you know your boat inside and out and are able to trouble shoot and deal with water entering the hull.

If you are going to take people out on your boat that are old, out of shape and can barely swim. Make sure they have a proper fitting life jacket and wear the frigging thing.

Last but not least. There were at least 7 other boats in the area on the hook making bait and fishing. not one of those boats responded to the distress calls that the sinking boat was making on 72 or 16. nada, zip zilch!
Not a single offer to assist or help these guys.

Make sure you have your shit together boys.

You truly are on your own out there...

Your a Good Man, SOLID-
 

jgy

Member
May 29, 2008
225
100
43
SF Bay Area, CA
Name
James
Boat
Looking for a World Cat 320EC (hit me up if you have one for sale)
Good job! Karma Gods will treat you good for saving 3 lives yesterday.
 

invictus

AVD
May 26, 2006
3,941
1,461
113
Orange County
Name
Jason
Boat
Tiara 2000 Cuddy
Did three people a solid, they are fortunate you were there and willing. Well done.


Invictus 42
 

Arima-bob

Ship faced aquaholic
Mar 9, 2012
4,369
2,837
113
Too far from water
Name
Beeulzebob
Boat
uh....
I've been wanting to add a second radio to my boat just for this reason.

I think I'll be purchasing another VHF and antenna...
 

gonzo25

GOT A BIG ONE
Nov 20, 2008
3,235
1,480
113
san diego calif. usa
Name
george
Boat
18' Invader CC 15' bayliner son of a beach
WTG stand up thing to do. Reading this really pisses me off.... you are moraly and LEGALLY obligated to help any boat in distress, period, no if's ands or buts. What the fuck piece of shit would ignore a call for help? Fucking amazing. I believe everything in life works in a circle, what goes around comes back around... not always as fast as I would like it to, but it does. Good things will come to you for your help. Safety should always be your #1 concern and like I always say, follow the CYA rule (cover your ass) because you are the only one you can count on to do it.
 

jim isbell

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 25, 2015
1,257
513
113
63
Anaheim, CA
Name
Jim Isbell
Boat
19' Campion/115 4 stroke Yamaha
This Saturday 7-2-16 at 1:30am we responded to a distress call of a vessel taking on water off of La Jolla. We had 300' of anchor line out and we were making bait for chasing tuna. By the time we got the anchor in and cleared all lines the boat in distress was charging straight at us blasting an air horn and screaming for help.

3 men were on board and were freaking out. We asked them where the water was entering the hull and they said they couldn't figure it out. We ran down a list of other things to look for but he said they had already checked everything we suggested. We instructed them to pull the plug, gun the throttle and we would follow to assist. The owner striped down, jumped in and failed to pull the plug, "no life vest" At this point the water was half way up the engine cowling and just below transom.

The captain gets back in the boat and asks me to tie off to his boat and tow him in. I tell him no way, that's not going to happen as that would put my crew and I at risk of also sinking. Less than a minute latter water starts poring over the transom and the boat quickly starts going down. We are yelling at them to get away from the boat but they all hang on to the boat until the bow goes straight up and rolls over.



The captain bails and swims over to us leaving his father in the water flailing around with a half on life jacket. By the time the father got close enough for me to grab his hand he was going under and choking on water. He wouldn't have made it another 5'.

At this point we realized the 3rd person is nowhere to be seen and the captain is screaming his name out. He finally pops up next to the sinking boat and manages to swim over to us. I don't believe he would have Made it much longer as well. We get them all on board and wrapped them in blankets. I jumped on Ch16 and informed them that all three occupants had been pulled from the water and were safe. 30 minutes later a life guard boat met up with us and we transferred the men to the life guard boat.

Lessons learned from this shit show.

Make sure you know your boat inside and out and are able to trouble shoot and deal with water entering the hull.

If you are going to take people out on your boat that are old, out of shape and can barely swim. Make sure they have a proper fitting life jacket and wear the frigging thing.

Last but not least. There were at least 7 other boats in the area on the hook making bait and fishing. not one of those boats responded to the distress calls that the sinking boat was making on 72 or 16. nada, zip zilch!
Not a single offer to assist or help these guys.

Make sure you have your shit together boys. You truly are on your own out there...
First, thanks and even though it may seem obvious--thank you for pointing out that you don't tie to a potentially sinking boat. If you ever are uncertain, and wish to "tie", tie to HIS boat--leave your side free so you can let the damn thing go if you need to.
You got me thinking about all kinds of things--I'm not really ready for:

.....If the guy had not been visible, and he was shouting coordinates, I DO have pad and pencil ready (don't use pen, they dry out), BUT, my skill at "going to" coordinates given SHOULD BE PRACTICED. This is no time for my fing around, trying to figure out how to input a mess of numbers.
....Got me thinking--again, about thru hull fittings, one of, if not the most common reason water floods into boats
....Your comment about older people, or people with problems (of course ad kids, and while we are at it--maybe all of us) to have on the life jacket, they are so small and light, why not?
....Even the thought of your boat being tied to his (I know, you said no), got me thinking about why we are supposed to have a boat knife ready--I use a heavy stainless scissor--so if you need to cut a line, you can do it almost instantly.
....About having a float and 50 feet of line--have it, and have it ready to throw as needed
....Of course EPIRBS, or PLB--and not just have it, but have it on the life jacket; if the boat goes down and no one is around, it SURE WOULD FEEL GREAT, to know you were transmitting, from the drink.
....Last, anytime you hear a story like this you tend to "play the what if game", AND THAT GAME CAN SAVE A LIFE. Thank you for getting the discussion on this going.
 

Shimano Penn

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Dec 3, 2014
1,172
769
113
62
Chula Vista
Name
David
Boat
Fond Memory
All, I have known Dan personally for less than a year but already knew he was a stand up guy. We have fished together on both his boat and mine. This story does not surprise me at all, it's exactly how I'd imagine he would respond to the situation. I was already proud to call him a friend and now, well, my respect has deepened greatly. This is a guy you want on your side.
As for the other boats... I am pretty salty and have done my share of at sea rescues. I consider it an absolute obligation and have dropped everything, including tournament fishing, to assist a boat in distress. I have been disabled at sea and been towed in by a professional six pack on a paid charter. Yes he was a personal friend but he happened to be the closest boat and he saw it as his duty. The paying guests were not happy but they did not fault him. IT IS YOUR JOB gentleman.
 
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sickcat

Silverback
Aug 5, 2003
3,121
1,141
113
63
LA
Name
Kerry
Boat
Yellow spot
Well done! By their lucky stars you were close enough to them and willing to change the outcome.

A high water alarm should be standard issue. It will likely give you considerably more time to deal with a flooding crisis.
 

Johnlgarrison

The ultimate goal is memories not dreams.
Jul 27, 2009
2,543
1,702
113
61
Temecula CA USA!
www.inkspotsgreatdanes.com
Name
Johnny Garrison
Boat
Parker 2320 "Sticky Business 5"
Way to go Dan.
I would like to say to all the idiots on the radio making donkey noises, playing music over the air wave, ETC someone could be calling for help.
 
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MATTANZA

old man of the sea, in training.
Aug 23, 2004
4,755
1,911
113
SAN DIEGO
Name
RICK
Boat
Boston Whaler 25' Outrage "MATTANZA II", 34' Radovcich "AMY ANNE" {when it needs to be fixed}
damn good thing you were there to save their lives. i'm glad i have a whaler.......
 

Hangfire

Member
Sep 22, 2007
329
215
43
92107
Name
GW
Boat
Glastron Seafury
I definitely have theories about keeping my killbag close at hand in the case of an incident like this. I wonder if the boat eventually surfaced? In some cases boats will sink then flip over and pop back up. I'm pretty sure that happened to a skiff that sank off of LJ a few years back that the New Seaforth rescued. As I recall the life guards were able to right the boat and tow it back in.
 

gonzo25

GOT A BIG ONE
Nov 20, 2008
3,235
1,480
113
san diego calif. usa
Name
george
Boat
18' Invader CC 15' bayliner son of a beach
Once again you are morally and LEGALLY obligated to help any boat in distress. It's to bad he couldn't have gotten it to about 80' so they could afford to salvage it. You have to know where the water is coming in at first, and like someone above mentioned thru hulls can be disastrous. I have mentioned this before but maybe someone out there is unaware and it can save your ass in an emergency There is an item sold at West Marine called "Stay Afloat", it will fix holes in the hull etc.. it isn't much money and all it really is, is Bees wax. You can get toilet bowl gaskets at Home Depot for about $1 each and they are also made of Bees wax and will work. I know if cheapo George can afford four or five of them than any of you can probably afford about 10... they are usually in a plastic tray, just take the wax out of the tray and make a ball out of it and put it in a zip lock bag... it is real sticky and is a bitch getting it off your hands, but that is why it works.... just in case Jed and Jethro are reading this... this is an emergency/temporary fix, not a way to fix the holes in your bass boat. This is why I have a deep water alarm, two bilge pumps and a self priming bait pump that could clear the bilge. Shit happens and it happens fast.

I don't know how much the fine is for not answering a distress call, but if you have a captains license they will pull your ticket.
 
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Black-is-Back

Wishin i was Fishin
Jun 21, 2009
1,558
918
113
So Cal
Name
Hey you
Boat
245 Fisherman open “Bloody Anarchy”
Talked with my buddy this morning that was on my boat that night. He ran into the local lifeguard Sargent yesterday and he was told that they floated the boat and salvaged it.

From the beginning we thought it was a thru hull or a hose that came off one of the bait tank lines.

I'd sure like to know for sure what it was that sunk that boat so quick.
 

Black-is-Back

Wishin i was Fishin
Jun 21, 2009
1,558
918
113
So Cal
Name
Hey you
Boat
245 Fisherman open “Bloody Anarchy”
Thanks for all the comments about the hero thing, but...

I road motor cycles on the street and race tracks for 30 years. I've watched friends and family members take their last breath in front of me laying on a piece of asphalt. Including my own father.

In the motorcycle Circle. If someone goes down regardless of the circumstances or what type of bike they ride you always stop and help. Not even a question or a second thought you do what you can do to help that person.

I always felt confident that any fellow boater around me would do the same on the water.

Big wake-up call for me after seeing the lack of compassion from the fellow boaters on the water that night.
 

dragonballs

I'm off probation
Mar 28, 2008
8,709
6,776
113
Arlington WA
Name
Vance
Boat
40' ocean sport fisher
Awesome on you.
 

?? fisherman

super Captain
Feb 27, 2003
16,892
5,008
113
Soul Cal
www.sandiegofishing.com
Name
Mike
Boat
Kencraft CC
I always felt confident that any fellow boater around me would do the same on the water.

Big wake-up call for me after seeing the lack of compassion from the fellow boaters on the water that night.
Well that's just straight F'ed up!

If I'm on the water and I hear you calling for help due to a sinking boat, and it's within range, then you can bet your ass I'm telling my guys to reel em in and we're booking it your way.



The unknown fisherman:p: