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FIRE AT SEA
"Once they reached a safe distance, they stopped. Only then could they take stock of their situation. Most of the men, aroused from their bunks, were dressed only in shorts. Any emergency provisions were lost with the life rafts. They were five men in an open boat, hundreds of miles to windward of the Bahamas, with no sail, no food, no fresh water, and no shelter. The overloaded skiff was already taking on water in the rough seas. On the plus side, they did have a flare gun and five rocket flares, which Captain Floccher had grabbed as he fled the pilothouse. And there was the possibility, the hope that someone had heard his MAYDAY call. But another vessel would have had to be within 30 miles to have heard his VHF signal, maybe closer to have understood the message. It didn't look good at all."
(Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 22, 2004 )
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