Water Safety

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by Mizzbigcat, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Mizzbigcat

    Mizzbigcat New Member

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    Brothers and sisters, I know at the start of the fishing season we are
    all anxiouse to fire our boats up and get to our favorite fishing holes,
    but before we do that, lets have a little reminder about the dangers of
    being on the water, especially since our rivers and lakes here in
    southern Ohio are still very flooded, and more rain is on the way.

    My older brother, we'll call him Leroy to hide his true identity, got a
    boat as a birthday gift from his wife last fall.

    After years of bankfishing, Leroy was thrilled and couldn't get wait to
    take it out on the water.

    Last weekend, as the rain stopped and the sun started to shine a little,
    Leroy decided it was time. He called Mom up to ask if she was
    interested in a boat ride on Rocky Fork Lake, but her knee was acting
    up and she declined. And with the water so high, anyone with good
    sense said "no way".

    So Leroy headed out to Rocky Fork alone. It was Wednesday of last
    week, and it was still cold and dreary, and the water was still very
    high, but Leroy had been dying to get the boat in the water all Winter.
    The lake was very choppy due to the high NE winds, and the boat
    started to take on water about 50 yards from the shoreline, the boat
    started to sink, faster and faster.

    Fishing poles, tackle box, everything he had collected to fish all these
    years gone or being strewn about on the water. When he saw his life
    jacket go he decided it was time to jump in and swim to shore.

    He made it, but by the time he could get on the bank and turn to look out
    at the lake, his preciouse vessel had been swallowed by Rocky Fork.

    Poor Russ, I mean Leroy, they managed to get the boat back, but he lost alot of his gear, and his pride.

    Now he is facing some pretty hefty fines from the ODNR, for what, I'm not sure, but they aren't too happy with him.

    And when I told my mother what had happened she said "it's a good
    thing I didn't go with him, my fat a** can't swim 50 yards, I'd have
    drowned!"

    So kids...when you're out on the boat alone, always, always, always
    wear your life jackets!

    :cool2:
     

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  2. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Glad to hear Russ....er Leroy is safe.
     

  3. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    glad to hear he made it out ok. things like this happen all the time, and it should be an eye opener to everyone that accidents do occur, and nothing is worth losing your life over... water is dangerous enough, but add frigid water, and flooded fast water into the equation, and your asking for disaster...rollo
     
  4. jigghead1

    jigghead1 New Member

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    Hay, Im sorry to here that. You are right kids need there safety vest on all time.
     
  5. Mizzbigcat

    Mizzbigcat New Member

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    Kids? He is 40! And the funny thing is, he's the only one in the family who is NOT blond!

    Thanks!
     
  6. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Glad your brother made it to shore. Thanks for sharing the story.
     
  7. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    Thanks for sharing with us.How much damage to the boat?
     
  8. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    Glad he made it to shore ok, that must be a terrible feeling. Hope DNR takes it easy on him, sounds like he's already "paid" enough.
     
  9. Mizzbigcat

    Mizzbigcat New Member

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    Suprisingly, he had minimal damage to the boat. He did lose his battery though.

    He says he's selling it and getting a pontoon, lol!
     
  10. RetiredToFish

    RetiredToFish New Member

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    Well now ....... Where I was fishing today the water was really rough and very choppy and I didn't have on my life jacket ......... OH .... I forgot .... I was bank fishing ..... :smile2: ........ The fishing was really great ... but the catching sucked ... Garry-
     
  11. tbull

    tbull New Member

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    Glad to hear he is ok, it can get dangerous out there in a hurry, everyone stay safe this year, dont want to be reading any sad post about any bro's or sis's on here....:wink:
     
  12. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    Thanks your right we have to keep an eye on the water, but I bank fish im going to start fishing some from a boat this year
     
  13. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    where exactly did he dump? lol... might go dragging for some equipment tomorrow.:wink: rollo
     
  14. fishnohio

    fishnohio New Member

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    i like the message about everyone making sure they remember safety, but i was on Rocky fork lake last Sunday and the water was only up about 1 foot above summer pool......sounds like someone is pulling a April fools joke.....LOL.....Mike
     
  15. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Thats one reason I do my fishing with both my feet standing on dry ground.
     
  16. catfish361

    catfish361 New Member

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    Mizz
    Did he ever find out why his boat was taking on water? Glad to hear he made it ok.
     
  17. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    Sounds like a rookie mistake... Oops, I forgot the plug! Glad he's o-k...
     
  18. Mizzbigcat

    Mizzbigcat New Member

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    No, this is not an April fools joke. I think he did forget the plug, at least that's what our cousin Dave said.
    :tounge_out:
     
  19. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    On the bright side, most guys and gals will only forget the plug once.
     
  20. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I'm glad to hear that your brother is OK. The tackle and gear can always be replaced....but a brother can't.:big_smile: