One Saturday morning in late July, a group of six men set off from Florida’s Treasure Coast for a weekend of spearfishing in Grand Cay, Bahamas. It was on track to be one for the books, until about halfway there, their 35-foot Sea Hunter began taking on water.
They immediately turned around and radioed the Coast Guard. The men were taking turns bailing water out with a five-gallon bucket, but as quickly as they moved, it was coming in. Things were beginning to look bleak.
Luckily, Sea Tow Treasure Coast Captains John Rambo and Danny Freidman overheard the call and immediately sprang into action. They spotted the men about 45- miles offshore and as soon as they arrived to the vessel, they began deploying their pumps. Shortly thereafter, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard arrived on-scene and all three groups put their pumps to work to keep the vessel afloat.
“After we knew the men aboard were safe, our goal was to keep the boat from capsizing,” said Captain John Rambo. “At their original location, the Gulf Stream moves through very quickly and they were a significant distance offshore. It would have made for a challenging recovery.”
Once they made it back to shore, the group discovered a massive 67-inch crack in the hull. If it weren’t for the quick reaction of Capt. Danny and John and the help of the Coast Guard and Sheriff’s Office, the situation could have gone much worse.
The six men were equipped with an EPIRB, life jackets, drinking water and the necessary emergency equipment, but luckily, they didn’t have to use it. It enforces the age old saying of “you never know.” Always be prepared when heading out on the water, whether it be for a short cruise on the bay or a long trip to the Islands.
You never know what might happen.