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Old 04-21-2009, 08:45 PM   #31
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Glad everything worked out OK. Was he wearing a life vest since he was alone?
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:23 PM   #32
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Glad you're ok!
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:52 PM   #33
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Mike was not wearing a vest and almost drowned. He should be released from hospital tomorrow.
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:34 AM   #34
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First off i would like to thank Harry and all on PFF for the well wishes .

Next , i would like to thanks the the guys who pulled me from the surf , the Pc sherriff officers and paramedics that got me to Bay medical Alive, and the staff of bay medical for bringing me back to life

Heres the story:

I woke up late friday the 17th and wasnt going to fish as i had been the 2 days before with 3 huge Jaks Cravells to show for all my cobia fishing efforts. I got a call from a friend that said the bite was on so i left the dock alone around noonas the wife didnt want to go again.....fished west to about a mile of pillips inlet, at about 4:30 or so when the wind and seas picked up enough that i felt the ride home then would be better than later.

I was in the tower and decided to leave the boat just in gear so the boat would havea predicable roll while i climbed down. As i started down a huge wave hit the boat and rolled it starboard , then jerked back so hard port that i was tossed 5 ft clear of the boat. I hit the water with full rain gear on as it was cold , and all i remeber was a total panic setting in watching my friends brand new 24 century tower boat sail off slowly to the SW by itself.

I was close to 1 mile off the beach as the water was dirty up close and was looking for cobes farther off than i would normally. So now i am in the water , hyper ventlating and panicing as i was so far offshore and no other boats were anywhere around . I Got my pelagic gear jacket and pants off quickly as i was sinking due to the water filling my suit, then kicked my shoes off to start the swim for my life back to the beach which seemed impossible when i saw my shoes float off south east at 5kts. The rip current was pulling me out and i was screwed................

so next thing i decided was i wasnt dying out there and calmed myself down , flipped on my back and swam parallel to the beach in order to beat the rip current . Next issue was the stiff wind and 3-4 ft seas trying thier best to swallow me up. I was taking in water every now and then when a big swell would crash over me,and just swam like forrest Gump ran if you know what i mean . After 30 minutes or so i was really loosing steam but had made it within 300 yards of shore when i started screaming for help. The third time i yelled out i caught a guys attention and noticed people running around in a panic , but basically watching me drown. I kept on chugging in a battle for my life and got to a point about 100 yards out when i just about resdied to the fact i was going to die and started to sink. I sunk down and hit bottom and the water was chin deep...thank god ! but i was so spent after swimming over 45 minutes that i was over whelmed by the surf.

The next thing i remember was being dragged out of the surf by three guys and dragged up onto the sand where i was totally exhusted. From there the sherriffs and paramedics got me off the beach and in the rescue wagon off to bay medical where i spend 7 days recoving from phenmonia and renial failure(i basically swam myself to near death). I just got out this last friday and i am still sore and weak, but alive !

I am 41 years old and have been fishing my whole life , and boating for almost 30 years on my own. I made two huge mistakes that day that almost cost me my life and will never let my guard down ever again.

Mistake one: leaving the boat in gear while climbing down the tower

Mistake 2: fishing alone withoutsome sort of Pfd on

I feel so stupid for what happend to me , but feel so lucky just to be alive that i dont care what anyone has tosay ......As i made it and i am hear to tell one more great fishing story.

Let my mistakes and lessons learned be a warning to all of us out there , that the ocean is a deadly place from which few who get tangled with her live to talk about. Along with being lucky to make the swim back in , i was also very lucky to have got the boat back (which wasnt even mine) in pretty much good shape. The part that just eats me up is i will have totally missed the entire cobia season as i am doctor banned from fishing for atleast two weeks and i dont have any more vaction to come back and give it a try. So i sit here in my beach house reading all these cobia reports knowing it will be next year before i get to go cobia fishing again................but trust me , i will glady give that up for my life .

Good luck out there guys and please be safe out there by planning for the worst no matter how far out you are going.

Thanks again to all the well wishes, and hope to see you out onthe water sooner than later.

Mike B.
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