Quote:Coast Guard found him floating on the Canadian side at around 1 AM, two hours after he'd initially entered the water.
Exactly how wide is that river?
a White Balloon looking thing floated with 20 feet of my cabin
I thought about investigating it ,,,,, one second ,, and went on
to throttle up and out of the Channel into the River .
On my return the next day , I pulled up to an Inflatable
that had broke loose from someone's dock tie down .
Reaching out with my pole , I hooked it and pulled it to
my Boat , jumped on it , grabbed the Kleat line and tied
it to my Boat .
Two or three men up on the bank began to holler at me .
I cruised up to the bank ,,,
One of them announced " We're looking for my 12 year old Daughter ,
she fell over board off a Party Barge New Years Night,,,
She was wearing a " WHITE DRESS "
have you seen anything like that ? "
In reply I answered " No, but I'll keep an eye out ,
someone also lost this Dingy so I have to find the owner as well "
I climbed to my Command bridge and scan the channel
as the men kept walking west along the bank .
Nothing more was afloat in the channel .
Docking at my slip in the Marina , another owner walked up to me.
" Rog', they lost a Kid, little girl about 12 , she's wearing white ,
keep an eye out for anything white floating in the water while you're
out will you "
" Sure, see ya's "
About 3 hours later
The image of the White Balloon floating came to mind
" BAM ! THAT WAS THE LITTLE GIRL ,,, IT WAS HER DRESS FILLED
WITH AIR AS SHE SURFACED ! "
Too bad my memory had been messed with so hard .
Too Bad I disconnected from the World around me
Too bad the World is so corrupt that i refuse to see what is going
on around me .
Too bad i was more interested in getting away from people in the marina
for the weekend than I was in pulling in what I thought was trash .
I could have reunited the Family with their lost child .
One note here
NEVER drink or dilute your mind while on the water .
The Family had PARTY for NEW YEARS on their mind
mixed with Party substance , they lost their baby now .
That was 3 people lost that weekend just in a two mile channel all
in one night , within a couple hours of each other ,
DUE TO DRINKING , EXCEPT THE CHILD WHOSE
PARENTS WERE DRUNK .
Yup, no business being drunk on or in water, I agree. A bunch of people drown here every year for that very reason, especially during solstice.
the men were walking the entire length of the channel looking for her
By the time i figured out what i had seen floating
she had to of been 20 to 30 miles down river unless she hung up
on a dock or branches .
she was right there 20 feet from me ,, i saw her coming from a few
hundred yards away too .
My problem is , if it is not a hazard to my boat , or an unmanned
craft like the inflatable ,,,
I ignore it as trash or logs , those come loose and smack
your boat causing weak spots in the hull , so i watch for those .
One night in a storm i watched an Achilles Inflatable with
a very nice Mercury Outboard float by at about 15 miles an hour .
100 yards away from me .
All i had on my dingy were oars at the time , so i let it go .
Both my anchors were down on the sailboat , it was a hell of a
storm , and to get the anchors up and chase that Inflatable
would have been too much work for me .
Next day . Dave called and asked if I had an extra dingy to lend him .
HA ! there's a Nice Achilles headed your way ,
should be there about now Dave
throw out a line and hook it .
He was stuck on his boat in the storm all night
his dingy sank when a wake swamped it .
he could not get ashore
Matt Raced one of mine down to him 20 miles away and got it out to him
where he was anchored off 50 yards from shore .
Eric and I were cruising down river after the storm and found
the Achilles beached in the bushes
( that's why we were out, we were looking for it )
I called Dave
Hey Dave, keep the Hilaker dingy , I found that Achilles with the mercury
engine on it ,,,
I'm good for now with dingy's
Dave was pissed , he had been watching for that Achilles all day and
No numbers on it , so it's a free boat , cause you can't find the owner unless
they advertize it being lost .
I did find the owner later
but no bodies
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