Florida Boaters Found Clinging to Cooler

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) --

Authorities say a boat sank in the waters off Florida, leaving three people who had been on board clinging to a water cooler until the Coast Guard came to their rescue.

The Coast Guard says Bruce Mandigo, Dave Mandigo and Jhade
Woodall were anchored near West End in the Bahamas when their
35-foot boat sank Sunday morning. It's unclear why the boat sank.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the boaters donned life
jackets and set off a personal locator beacon. They were found in
good health, albeit cold and hungry.

Capt. Chris Scraba of the Coast Guard Sector in Miami credited
the boaters for being prepared.

The boaters were taken to the Fort Pierce Coast Guard station
Sunday afternoon.


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  • by Dave Location: So. Ga. on May 24, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    All jokes aside. These men were able to return to their families safe and sound because of the boy scouts motto. Be prepared. No matter how remote you think that nothings going to happen, don't be stupid. You have a spare tire in your car..not because it's pretty..you just MIGHT need it. You may think you are 10 feet tall and bulletproof. Got news for you..YOU AIN'T. They knew they weren't and lived to tell about it. You do the same. God Bless all.
  • by Roz on May 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    Doesn't say it was a beer cooler - it says water! But I hope they had a beer or two in there!
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    bud light saves the day.
  • by Buddy Garity Location: tlh on May 23, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    Yeah, More lives saved by beer. Will these stats make any law enforcement reports? Probably not. People only want to malign beer.
    • reply
      by Ole Hickory Marietta, Ga. on May 23, 2011 at 06:10 AM in reply to Buddy Garity
      Huh? What?
    • reply
      by Al Kohaul on May 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to Buddy Garity
      Hey. Buddy, where in this story is "beer" mentioned?? Most likely, you are a drunk and "think" everyone else is as well.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 02:34 PM in reply to Al Kohaul
        I hope they saved all the beer.
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