Here's a PLB that saved a few lives:
Boaters saved near Bahamas 'cold and hungry, but in good health'
"This was a family
trip," Lynn Mandigo said this morning. "My husband went to bed
Saturday night, and everything was completely dry. By the time the boys woke him up water
was filling the boat."
They couldn't bail fast enough and the boat's engine
and bilge pump
wouldn't turn on, she said.
They had enough time to don life jackets, grab a flashlight, a cooler for extra flotation, and turn on a personal locator beacon, Mandigo said. Once in the water
, they knew they had to move away from the boat, which was carrying fishing
"They floated all night," Mandigo said. "I didn't know about it until the Coast Guard picked them up in the morning."
The U.S. Coast Guard in Miami
heard the PLB signal and began a search by air and eventually found the three "clinging to a water cooler." Seas overnight had swells of 2 to 3 feet, Coast Guard officials told Lynn Mandigo.
"All three were cold and hungry, but in good health
," the Coast Guard reported Sunday morning. By 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the boaters were back on land at the Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce.
"These boaters survived a potentially fatal accident
because they were prepared," said Capt. Chris Scraba, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Miami
"They immediately donned life jackets, which allowed them to stay afloat until they were rescued, and they activated their PLB, which provided the Coast Guard precise location information," Scraba said.