How It Could Have Been Prevented

  • Andrew Hubert says:

    Have you ever gotten lost? Who did you say you called? Sea-Two? Who are they?

    • Not really.

      There were a couple times I got turned around in the dark, but I had GPS breadcrumbs taking me back to my pre-planned routes, or I simply made a SWAG and made it back to my route through another part of the marsh.

      Probably the most difficult place to navigate would be Venice, because in some places there is literally new land where there used to be open water.

      Even then, I leave the dock fully prepared with not one, but two, GPS units, in case one decides to give up the ghost or the power goes out (one is powered by AA batteries).

      I don’t think calling Sea Tow would help. After all, I am assuming that if one is lost then he must not know where he is, so how can he possibly tell anyone where to find him?

      In that case, you could use coordinates off your GPS.

      Anyways, I digress.

      If you do your homework, using what’s taught in this course, the odds of you getting lost are slim to none.

      I also suggest leaving a float plan, meaning someone should know where you are going and when you expect to be back and what to do in case you don’t come back.

      Using a SPOT device will help you send for help in the event you don’t have a cell signal and no radio, or your radio simply isn’t working.

      https://www.findmespot.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5

      Does that answer your question? Let me know if you have anything else.

  • Chris Rachal says:

    Capt Devin,
    Thanks for posting. I especially like the “case study” approach you took in this particular video. Once again, you’ve shown that pre-planning with google earth is worth the time and energy.

  • John Kyle Schwab says:

    I have wondered for years if there could be a site created where we could all post information like this through LA WLF or something similar. i used to fish venice and have had similar experiences. now in cocodrie they are fewer but i still wonder what lurks below when i am on step. there is a random pile of rubble that i avoid and a few others like it in cocodrie now. depending on the tide etc it can be covered at times. there should be a group that has a way to mark these hazards. that could be part of the cost of a fishing license. there are certain areas that get people often(south pass jetties to east where boats try and cross at time-several have been killed over the years). this is one of those sites. thanks for sharing. i am just expanding on a global approach. i have the ideas but no real definitive plan for a solution.