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Old 22-03-2010, 14:55   #1
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Missing Boater...Suspicious?

Before you read this, I have a few comments. I have sailed this area quite a lot, Nantucket is 30+ miles from Hyannis. March is not a time of year anyone normally transits outside of the ferry boat to Nantucket, especially abnormal is aboard a small boat, 23 feet in this case, small meaning under 50ft, and a well planned trip during best of daylight conditions. The Cape Cod Times reports this story as almost nonchalant, as almost as a typical scenario, but with only with a missing person to report. The boat in question, as photographed, a 23' open console powerboat, with no cabin spaces, as reported to have very sleepable spaces below, are telling of poor news paper reporting and people in the news business of not having a clue, but assuming instead. I'm troubled with this story, what do you think?

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Missing Nantucket boater believed drowned



Nantucket police say Jonathan Hemingway, shown with his wife Katherine and daughter Elizabeth, fell off his boat and drowned.Family photo


By K.C. MYERS

kcmyers@capecodonline.com

March 21, 2010

NANTUCKET — Investigators believe Jonathan Hemingway, the 36-year-old father of two who went missing Wednesday, has drowned.
Nantucket police Lt. Jerry Adams said based on an investigation of boat navigation equipment, the Nantucket man went overboard Wednesday, nine miles off the coast of Nantucket.

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To read the entire article, go to:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pb...1/NEWS/3210328

Also see:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pb...WS11/100329986

and:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pb...0/NEWS/3200323
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Old 22-03-2010, 15:14   #2
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Old 22-03-2010, 15:32   #3
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My sympathy's go out to the family
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Old 22-03-2010, 15:36   #4
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I think you wouldn't make much of a journalist. If you study the article you will realize that the paper was only reporting what they were told by the authorities. The Coast Guard told them that the boat had berths. The Coast Guard said the conditions were calm. These folks apparently live full time on the island, and running back and forth to the mainland would not be unusual to them.
I rather doubt that there is a full time investigative reporter on Nantucket, so a mainland paper probably has to rely on information relayed from the island authorities as well as the USCG.
If you care to do a little investigating yourself you will find that the Maritime company manufactures at least one 23" skiff with a 7' vee berth.
There are some oddities in the story, such as the delay in reporting the husband missing, but I don't blame any of them on the journalists involved.
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And mine as well.

But Gnitfar, I found the news report much better written than your critique.
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Old 22-03-2010, 15:59   #6
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You don't think it odd to make a trip to Nantucket, 30 miles, in late winter, aboard a 23' boat, after dark, at 9PM, a bit odd, actually possibly dangerouse, with babies no less, aboard?
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And mine as well.

But Guitar, I found the news report much better written than your critique.
Obviously you have never sailed the north east Atlantic ocean, to Nantucket, in winter months. Ignorance is bliss! The news report is incomplete, reporting a seemingly unusual account...and anyone boater with common sense might question the story told. I'm not sure I would want to be aboard your boat going anywhere!
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I am originally from New England and have sailed to and from Nantucket many times. It’s been a long time, but Nantucket is one of my all time favorite places - in the off season. The locals think nothing of going out in open boats (mostly for fishing) in weather that would scare off "normal" people. And, Mr. Hemingway along with 2 small children evidently made the run from Nantucket to Hyannis with no trouble. In a small fast power boat with calm seas, this is about a 2 hr. run. The high on Wed. March 17th when he made the run to Hyannis was 57 degrees. But, the return voyage was at night. The low for Hyannis on the morning of Thurs. March 18th was 37 degrees. I cannot see myself setting off with a wife and 2 small children in an open boat (even with a V berth) at night with temperatures in the 40s. But if you're from Nantucket and it's St. Patrick's Day ........ why not?
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Gnitfar, if you are going to quote me, please do so accurately. Copy and paste works very well.
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I have heard several other people state that if you are on your own you should always attach to a jackline. This would seem to bear that out.

Very sad.
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I think you wouldn't make much of a journalist. If you study the article you will realize that the paper was only reporting what they were told by the authorities. The Coast Guard told them that the boat had berths. The Coast Guard said the conditions were calm. These folks apparently live full time on the island, and running back and forth to the mainland would not be unusual to them.
I rather doubt that there is a full time investigative reporter on Nantucket, so a mainland paper probably has to rely on information relayed from the island authorities as well as the USCG.
If you care to do a little investigating yourself you will find that the Maritime company manufactures at least one 23" skiff with a 7' vee berth.
There are some oddities in the story, such as the delay in reporting the husband missing, but I don't blame any of them on the journalists involved.
My point: News journalist often don't have a story straight before they report. There is more to this story, I believe, than has yet been told. As the published story is told, it rings alarm to me, as a boater, which not everyone is, like you and me...Common sense, as seen from a boater, this story is not yet fully told, and it may never be of interest to landlubbers what this story may be all about......Personally, I sympathize for such a loss of life, but I wonder about it! I would never ask anyone to transit with me to such a distance, in the dark, in winter months, with a babies aboard, in unpredictable circumstances, such a voyage.....
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Tough to grasp

I think we'd all agree that the emotions dealing w an unexpected death can be tough to digest. But it is so easy to 'Monday morning quarterback' someone elses decision, but that's human nature and it wil always be the case. I'm glad I don't have to 'report' on those situations for a living. Certainly anyone of us would roll back the clock and change the story outcome if that were possible. Life is a gift.
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