He was headed to Ocean Springs MS, one of the best places for a cruiser to stop, transient slips are cheap
, people are great.
Emphasis is mine:
"Hoffman followed some simple, yet effective, safe boating
practices that could have resulted in the difference between life and death," said Lt. Ryan Baxter, a search and rescue
coordinator at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center.
"First, he filed a float plan
with his wife, which provided us vital information regarding when he left, where he was going and a description of his boat," Baxter stated.
"Secondly, he had a functioning marine-band radio
onboard which he used to communicate distress
while on the water
. They are much more reliable than cell phones."
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