This morning on a large coastal river a large jon boat capsized. Everyone survived.
The hunters wanted to get to a spot on a creek off the river first, so they crossed the very-wide river going west to east in a strong west wind, as opposed to driving about 20 miles to a launch that is 600 yards from where they eventually hunted. They had 2 boats, got across, and made it to their spot. I heard them shooting a lot, and they were picking up about 2 hours after LST, so I assume (but do not know) they did well (not that it matters).
They then had to cross the wide river again, this time going east to west into the wind. At mid morning the west wind was now howling. My guess is close to 25 mph (I was hunting on the same creek….it was blowing so hard that I had made the decision that I would cross the creek at a spot significantly further up, where it was very narrow and relatively calm). So they motored off into one of the nastiest, white-cap conditions I have ever seen on the river during duck hunting season.
One of the boats, which looked to be a 20 feet jon boat with a 45 degree angle pointed bow, along with a very nice camo outboard…I’d say 40-60hp…took a strong wave and flipped. The hunter had the presence of mind to stay with the boat. His buddies in the other boat picked him out of the water.
Coast Guard was called. Not sure if they made it there before they were back.
Very glad all are safe. Many lessons here, not the least of which is checking the weather. This wind is no surprise. I have been tracking it all week. No one in a small boat had any business crossing that river today. The extra 30 minutes they slept…rather than driving to that near-by ramp…almost cost a life. For a dead duck.