Orlando Fisherman – Rescued After Being Missing for 18 Hours

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Three fishermen were recently rescued after their boat capsized and left them at sea for approximately 18 hours. The owner of the boat, Schools Out, was identified as 69-year-old Gilbert Gastineau of St. Petersburg, Florida. Gastineau’s wife, Dawn, said she hopes to get Gastineau home soon as he is in “good spirits” and merely being supervised for high energy he exerted due to the 18-hour ordeal.
Gastineau’s boat capsized at about 6 p.m. on a Friday afternoon; he and his two other mates, both from Colorado, were not found by rescuers until 11:30 a.m. the next day. Luckily, the men were experienced fishermen and knew what safety precautions to take once they realized the boat was going to flip over. The men put their life jackets on, tied themselves together and tethered the line to the boat. This allowed them to be seen by rescue air crafts. The men were spotted by HC-130 Hercules helicopter after a lengthy search and were finally rescued hours after being spotted. Gastineau credited his survival to the group effort, saying all the men encourage each other throughout the ordeal. The other passengers are back in Colorado and Gastineau is expected to return home in the very near future. If you would like to read more on this story please see 3 men rescued after boat capsizes, the men were at see for 18 hours.
These men were experienced fishermen and knew what to do in a dangerous and unpredictable situation. This situation is a good example for illustrating how important it is to know the safety precautions to take while out at sea.

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