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Father And Son Rescued From Capsized Boat

Cumberland Island National Seashore

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On the morning of Monday, August 18th, 2008, park biologist Doug Hoffman discovered a capsized fishing boat while en route from the island to the park’s main office in St. Marys. A man and his pre-teenaged son were found approximately 500 yards from their sinking vessel.  The son was wearing a lifejacket, but his father did not have one and was beginning to experience severe leg cramps. Hoffman retrieved them from the water. When questioned, they said that they’d been in the water for at least two hours after their boat suddenly began taking on water and capsized. An incoming tide had carried them for over a mile and the strong current prevented them from reaching land.  The Coast Guard was notified of the incident and the boaters were transported to Lang’s Marina in St. Marys and assisted with locating a salvage company to retrieve their boat.



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