Three fishermen rescued off coast of Massachusetts thanks to sharp-eyed woman who called 911
By Associated Press
February 4, 2022 10:04am
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SCITUATE, Mass. — Three fishermen who clung to debris in the frigid waters off the coast of Massachusetts for nearly an hour after their boat sank survived thanks to a sharp-eyed woman on shore who was the only person to call 911.
The 55-foot (16.75-meter) Bing Bing went down so fast about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from shore on Tuesday afternoon that the crew didn’t have time to don survival suits or even make a distress call.
“The whole boat flipped over; I was thrown in the water,” crew member Joe Roderick told WCVB-TV from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from hypothermia and from swallowing saltwater and diesel fuel. The other two crew members also required hospitalization.
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Kudos to this lady, who saw something and said something. To save three souls is inspiring. The Talmud teaches, “He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.” Not exactly sure what that means, but I know there are three men who would agree.
From my fat old white guy injineer’s perspective, should not boats, especially commercial ones, have an automatic alert system? Sort of like an airliner’s black box or transponder. If the boat goes down, it should be calling for help with a location — no human intervention required.
In any event, these fellows were lucky she was “on duty” watching over them like an unseen Guardian Angel.
And, speaking up like this, about a life saving event, is certainly not being a “Karen” and the MYOB rule is not applicable in this situation. I am waiting for my turn to “save a life” or, even deliver a baby. (Have to not waste that USAF air survival training. Laugh!)