Lessons For Life

Heroic Boating Rescue at Destin Pass

Sgt. Brian Parkton knew the situation could turn bad in a heartbeat. The veteran marine patrol officer was responding to reports of a boat in trouble with nine people, including three children, still on board. The 21-foot open motorboat had filled with water and lost power at the mouth of Destin Pass, a northwest Florida […]

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The Rest of the Story

What happened after this viral smash-up at the mouth of the Columbia is just as scary as the crash itself. By Jeff Moag If you’ve been on the Internet in the last four years, you’ve probably seen the video. It starts with three salmon fishermen waving and shouting as a 31-foot powerboat bears down on […]

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Lifeline

Adrift on a capsized boat 16 miles offshore, a palm-sized personal locator beacon was their best last chance. By Jeff Moag The situation went bad in a hurry. Tan Boriboune joined a group of five friends for a day of spearfishing off Virginia Beach on August 16, 2020. A heavy swell was running that Sunday […]

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Answering the Call

When a 17-year-old paddleboarder was swept out to sea, his survival depended on his cell phone — and the voice on the other end of the line. By Jeff Moag The emergency calls came in a flurry as the weather turned sour along the coast of North Wales. When the last one came, Andy Bolter […]

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The Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

Getting thrown from a bass boat at 60 mph is one way to learn about the importance of Engine Cutoff Switches.

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Collision on the Chesapeake

What re-enacting the unlikeliest accident on Chesapeake Bay tells us about boating safety.

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Rescue at Pictured Rocks

By Jeff Moag It was meant to be another boy’s trip, the latest in a tradition that stretched back more than two decades for old friends Jim Farrington, Sean Royston and Tolan Annis. It turned into a life-and-death struggle in the chill waters of Lake Superior. Jim, 49, was an electrical lineman out of Alden, […]

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Losing a 300-pound Marlin—And Their Boat

Ten minutes, maybe less. That’s all the time Dan Suski had from the moment he cut the marlin loose until he was treading water in the Atlantic, the 33-foot sport boat Reel Irie already on its way to the bottom some 1,800 feet below. “That’s a pretty surreal feeling, seeing a boat just disappear into […]

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A Whistle in the Wind

Mark Wheeler went overboard in pitch darkness and a 40-knot squall. This is the remarkable story of how his friends got him back. By Jeff Moag Mark Wheeler went overboard a few minutes before midnight. He was in the middle of Lake Michigan, 30 miles offshore in 40 knots of wind. As he fumbled for […]

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A Lesson to Live By

Kayak angler Sean Danielson’s father insisted he wear a lifejacket. Years later, that advice would save his life. By Jeff Moag Sean Danielson is a lucky man. After nearly three hours in the frigid waters of Chesapeake Bay, the kayak fisherman was hypothermic and barely conscious. The sun had just set, and if Lana Lohe […]

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Kayak Angler Smashed by Motorboat

August 31, 2019 was shaping up as an unforgettable day even before kayak angler Adam Irino got steamrolled by a motorboat and caught the biggest fish of his life. Adam and two friends launched their kayaks early that morning from Rockaway Beach, a few miles south of San Francisco. As the sun crept over the […]

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Kayakers Learn From NYC Ferry Collision

New York City is an extraordinary place to paddle. The Hudson waterfront on the west side of Manhattan boasts unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and the world’s most famous skyline, but like any busy urban waterway paddling there is not without its challenges. Ferries crisscross the river day and night, and all manner […]

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Swept Away

A Kayaker’s disappearance provides hard lessons and hope for a better future By Jeff Moag A cell phone in a waterproof pouch might have made the difference. Or if he’d chosen his paddleboard that day, rather than the sit-inside kayak that filled with water when capsized. Perhaps if the wind had been calm or the […]

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Rescue Under the Lights

When a night-fishing mission goes awry, two kayak anglers learn the importance of staying calm and working together

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Mississippi Miracle

How river pilot Sean Tittle stopped a 12,000-ton vessel and saved a family of three

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Tragedy on Dungeness Bay

A sea kayaking accident underlines the peril of cold water. By Jeff Moag Dungeness Spit is a sliver of hard sand barely 100 yards wide and more than five miles long, sheltering a shallow bay on the northern edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The wildlife sanctuary teems with birds and sea life, and the spit […]

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