Originally Posted by ReMetau
Yes I feel bad for the families.
Don't much care for the tone about them being bad mariners. You don't know what happened anymore thany anybody else. I've seen plenty of young people their age and younger out there on the water
being more responsible than most of the other recreational power boaters we've seen. Sometimes things just go wrong.
I am currently in Florida
, just a short distance from where these boys headed offshore
. From the beginning, there have been some disturbing reports about this tragedy - an event that has received overwhelming local news coverage.
It was never (to my knowledge) reported whether there was a VHF
aboard, let alone an EPIRB
. The parents weren't sure how many life jackets were aboard the boat. The boys apparently never filed a float plan - instead there were Facebook(?) posts about going to the Bahamas!
According to the parents, the boys were supposed to stay inshore along the river and ICW
, not going offshore
through Jupiter Inlet, which can be scary even in good weather
Fellow boaters, that were returning back inshore that day due to threatening weather
, remarked that they may have seen the boys heading out and expressed astonishment that they would be going offshore under such conditions. In a small open boat.
the weather that day. Thunderstorms, with high winds and lightning
, rain heavy at times.
If they had stayed inshore, I doubt we would be having this discussion. I suspect that much of this can be attributed to being 14 year old boys. They may have been knowledgeable about operating a boat, but not yet at the age of wise decision making.
I hope that they are recovered, though that doesn't seem likely at this date.
Yes, sometimes things just go wrong. At the same time, tempting fate can have tragic consequences.
I hope this doesn't come off as callous or uncaring. As a parent, I can't imagine the grief the parents are experiencing. They have my sincere sympathy.
I hope the boy's souls are at peace