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226 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 27 Nov 2021 at 11:35 PM (25 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-11-27 8:01:24 PM  
Call 911
They will dispatch the Coast Guard
 
2021-11-27 8:28:11 PM  
 
2021-11-27 8:29:55 PM  
This is why you always have a PLB on your boat or preferably on your person.  If it comes in contact with water it will send GPS coordinates via satellite to the Coast Guard.

Hope they find them!
 
2021-11-27 8:30:55 PM  
Sorry about your loss. That Looks like he is gone.
They wanted the boat.
 
2021-11-27 8:37:42 PM  
a week is a bit of a long time in a small boat...
 
2021-11-27 8:46:32 PM  

theoriste: We're past coast guard at this point

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article256120212.html


Then you wait
 
2021-11-27 8:47:17 PM  
Bienvenido a Cuba.
 
2021-11-27 8:56:33 PM  

markie_farkie: This is why you always have a PLB on your boat or preferably on your person.  If it comes in contact with water it will send GPS coordinates via satellite to the Coast Guard.

Hope they find them!


EPIRB
 
2021-11-27 9:50:56 PM  
The circumstances don't look good, unfortunately.
 
2021-11-27 9:52:49 PM  
can he swim?
 
2021-11-27 10:18:43 PM  
Sometimes the first brick of illicit substance you find floating in the ocean is also the last. Proceed with caution, boaters.
 
2021-11-27 10:24:54 PM  
And you are correct. They are a great thing to have no matter what they are called now.
 
2021-11-27 11:43:01 PM  
Thanks everyone....just was looking for advice esp if there are any keys farkers.
 
2021-11-28 12:32:50 AM  
Ok, I hate to say this, but I have crazy family members as well:

You sent the police.   To do a wellness check.   On a man.   In Florida.

They then started a "manhunt" all over the place for him, and haven't found him or seen anything about him.

There was an open yogurt container AND an active pressure cooker in the house.  Unless that yogurt was moldy, and that pressure cooker had made bricks (and I mean, if EITHER of those food stuffs were edible), this dude is hiding because he thinks the police are after him.
 
2021-11-28 1:21:28 AM  

tdyak: Ok, I hate to say this, but I have crazy family members as well:

You sent the police.   To do a wellness check.   On a man.   In Florida.

They then started a "manhunt" all over the place for him, and haven't found him or seen anything about him.

There was an open yogurt container AND an active pressure cooker in the house.  Unless that yogurt was moldy, and that pressure cooker had made bricks (and I mean, if EITHER of those food stuffs were edible), this dude is hiding because he thinks the police are after him.


So...the family should sit around and do nothing?
 
2021-11-28 2:05:19 AM  

tdyak: Ok, I hate to say this, but I have crazy family members as well:

You sent the police.   To do a wellness check.   On a man.   In Florida.

They then started a "manhunt" all over the place for him, and haven't found him or seen anything about him.

There was an open yogurt container AND an active pressure cooker in the house.  Unless that yogurt was moldy, and that pressure cooker had made bricks (and I mean, if EITHER of those food stuffs were edible), this dude is hiding because he thinks the police are after him.


Or the guy had started fixing a meal in the cooker, was snacking on yogurt, and looked out his window.  He sees some dudes messing with his boat and grabs his phone to dash out and film them.

They grab him, steal the boat and turn him into chum.
 
2021-11-28 3:17:25 AM  
Look for uncharted Islands. He wasn't taking people on a 3 hour tour by chance, was he?
 
2021-11-28 4:29:08 AM  
This is why you always tell someone that you are going out on your boat for x hours, and you plan on taking a nice lazy ride on this specific section of the chart. It doesnt matter if its going to be half an hour to the island you can see from the dock.


ALWAYS tell people your boat trip plans, because if shiat happens they need to be able to tell the coast guard the moment you miss your return window
 
2021-11-28 7:25:29 AM  

OdradekRex: Bienvenido a Cuba.


More likely to be in the swamp going the other way.

/ It doesn't look like he left willingly
 
2021-11-28 7:27:28 AM  

theoriste: We're past coast guard at this point

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article256120212.html


He's not getting far in that tub. It sounds callous, but unless he had a stripper girlfriend that scored big and wanted to share her bounty with him with a week of surprise padducky and hotel room cocaine, your buddy is likely down a brother.
 
2021-11-28 8:41:33 AM  

cherryl taggart: tdyak: Ok, I hate to say this, but I have crazy family members as well:

You sent the police.   To do a wellness check.   On a man.   In Florida.

They then started a "manhunt" all over the place for him, and haven't found him or seen anything about him.

There was an open yogurt container AND an active pressure cooker in the house.  Unless that yogurt was moldy, and that pressure cooker had made bricks (and I mean, if EITHER of those food stuffs were edible), this dude is hiding because he thinks the police are after him.

Or the guy had started fixing a meal in the cooker, was snacking on yogurt, and looked out his window.  He sees some dudes messing with his boat and grabs his phone to dash out and film them.

They grab him, steal the boat and turn him into chum.


Likely.
Kidnappers look for a cell, it's a liability.
Wallet Is an asset, and they are kidnappers in the scenario, not robbers.
Either the asset is the boat, and kidnapping is a means, or kidnapping and the boat are ways to remove to person frim the area, ne'r to be seen again.

Boat waiting 4 miles out would tell you.

You need sat photos.
 
2021-11-28 9:27:03 AM  
A card and a sixpack of beer. Not much else you can do at this point.
 
2021-11-28 10:38:42 AM  
I hope he is found safe and sound.
 
2021-11-28 11:51:44 AM  
Accept the reality
It is OK to hold out hope, but it shouldn't consume one.
 
TWX
2021-11-28 1:12:16 PM  

cherryl taggart: tdyak: Ok, I hate to say this, but I have crazy family members as well:

You sent the police.   To do a wellness check.   On a man.   In Florida.

They then started a "manhunt" all over the place for him, and haven't found him or seen anything about him.

There was an open yogurt container AND an active pressure cooker in the house.  Unless that yogurt was moldy, and that pressure cooker had made bricks (and I mean, if EITHER of those food stuffs were edible), this dude is hiding because he thinks the police are after him.

Or the guy had started fixing a meal in the cooker, was snacking on yogurt, and looked out his window.  He sees some dudes messing with his boat and grabs his phone to dash out and film them.

They grab him, steal the boat and turn him into chum.


Without knowing anything about the man's regular habits this unfortunately seems pretty likely.

I would presume that authorities and family are trying to figure out his normal behavior patterns.  Ie, was he prone to slovenly leaving opened food out or to leaving his wallet behind?  And other things, like if he had any clothing or accessories that he would routinely take with him when going boating, things that if they were present in the house would indicate either some incredibly hasty retreat to the boat, or would indicate the possibility of foul play.

I could see a boater having specific shoes and clothes for boating, stuff that protects from the elements well and handles saltwater exposure, or perhaps is rough enough that it gets worn instead of nicer clothes so they don't get messed up by the salt exposure.

Also where are his keys, and was the way-out to the dock locked or not?
 
2021-11-28 8:30:31 PM  
Everyone is talking about some mysterious kidnapping or some stupid shiat like that.

Sorry, but this is likely a suicide. I've been there. I own a boat and I've contemplated. Take the boat out far onto the water where you can't see land and just finish it.

I sincerely hope this isn't the case and the guy is just out of gas somewhere.
 
TWX
2021-11-28 10:05:11 PM  

Big_Doofus: Everyone is talking about some mysterious kidnapping or some stupid shiat like that.

Sorry, but this is likely a suicide. I've been there. I own a boat and I've contemplated. Take the boat out far onto the water where you can't see land and just finish it.

I sincerely hope this isn't the case and the guy is just out of gas somewhere.


How many people choose to kill themselves that spur of the moment, in the middle of other activities, using a method that itself requires some degree of planning or at least time?

I mean, if he hadn't had food on to cook I might find that more plausible.
 
2021-11-28 11:17:05 PM  
Hi everyone. Updates:

He's not been found. While nothing is  out of the realm of possibility it's highly improbable that it was a suicide as he would not let his dogs stay untended/abandoned in the house for long periods of time. He loves those dogs like kids.

It's unlikely he left in a hurry. He left the boat dock very neatly maintained.  There's every evidence that he meant to go out on his boat for one last tour before he had to leave the family vacation house for a trip back up north. Appears that he threw some food in the pressure cooker and went out for a ride. Left his wallet but brought his cell phone. He was missing 24 hours when his parents (NJ) asked for a wellness check and the police found things as reported.

His cell phone pinged a nearby tower at 3:15 PM last Monday about the same time a small gusty squall came through and there are some reports that his boat was seeing heading towards the highway bridge back (towards the Atlantic) around the same time. There's now some bits of video where he may have been captured circling around the Key in his usual ride.

He did have safety equipment on the boat but unfortunately  one of the providers was unable to activate the console remotely.

The USCG was amazing and did extensive search. They're calling off the search now.
 
2021-11-28 11:20:03 PM  

TWX: cherryl taggart: tdyak: Ok, I hate to say this, but I have crazy family members as well:

You sent the police.   To do a wellness check.   On a man.   In Florida.

They then started a "manhunt" all over the place for him, and haven't found him or seen anything about him.

There was an open yogurt container AND an active pressure cooker in the house.  Unless that yogurt was moldy, and that pressure cooker had made bricks (and I mean, if EITHER of those food stuffs were edible), this dude is hiding because he thinks the police are after him.

Or the guy had started fixing a meal in the cooker, was snacking on yogurt, and looked out his window.  He sees some dudes messing with his boat and grabs his phone to dash out and film them.

They grab him, steal the boat and turn him into chum.

Without knowing anything about the man's regular habits this unfortunately seems pretty likely.

I would presume that authorities and family are trying to figure out his normal behavior patterns.  Ie, was he prone to slovenly leaving opened food out or to leaving his wallet behind?  And other things, like if he had any clothing or accessories that he would routinely take with him when going boating, things that if they were present in the house would indicate either some incredibly hasty retreat to the boat, or would indicate the possibility of foul play.

I could see a boater having specific shoes and clothes for boating, stuff that protects from the elements well and handles saltwater exposure, or perhaps is rough enough that it gets worn instead of nicer clothes so they don't get messed up by the salt exposure.

Also where are his keys, and was the way-out to the dock locked or not?


there wasn't anything unusual and the house was in order except for noted stuff. Dock was neat... he spent the time getting it ready for a return.
 
2021-11-28 11:25:56 PM  

tdyak: Ok, I hate to say this, but I have crazy family members as well:

You sent the police.   To do a wellness check.   On a man.   In Florida.

They then started a "manhunt" all over the place for him, and haven't found him or seen anything about him.

There was an open yogurt container AND an active pressure cooker in the house.  Unless that yogurt was moldy, and that pressure cooker had made bricks (and I mean, if EITHER of those food stuffs were edible), this dude is hiding because he thinks the police are after him.


Well, we're talking about a really geeky Farker-like guy staying for a visit in his parents vacation house.  And before anyone gets all "wait a minute" thinking that was a wildly mundane cover in a Hollywood sense...nobody is worried about that.
 
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