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#12796580 - 06/18/18 03:59 PM Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday
johnnlucky Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 1359
Loc: Lewisville
I was fishing Lewisville Lake around the Lake Park boat ramp. A younger man launched a small boat with about a 10 hp motor. Along came 2 ladies and 2 kids. One had the little water wings and the other sat on the Mom's lap. Both were under 5 years old. He joked to me he might need us rescue him. His boat only worked in reverse. They pulled away from the dock. Well I know Lewisville lake and how things can happen. I just could not let them out of my sight. Lake Park had a Park Ranger. So i talked to him. He didn't notice the boat. I asked him to confirm what I witnessed and he agreed none of the kids had life jackets on. They were a long way from shore. But I went out to pay them a visit. Told them they needed life jackets on the kids, He said like this orange one? I said like that but one that fits young children. I told Park Ranger was going to talk to them. But they needed to return to shore. I followed them to make sure they got in. The Ranger was not going to give them a ticket but just boater safety info. I was terrified for them. One big wave and 5 people would be in the water. Not sure if this is the correct location for this post.

#12796593 - 06/18/18 04:05 PM Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky]
Kerry Dugan Offline
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Registered: 05/14/06
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Loc: aledo, tx
Good on ya man
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#12796692 - 06/18/18 04:54 PM Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky]
RespectTheFish Online   content

Registered: 09/04/17
Posts: 464
Loc: Abilene, Texas, Fort Phantom
That’s so sad and scary! That deserves a big ticket just to make a point. Good for you for trying to do the right thing.
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#12796695 - 06/18/18 04:56 PM Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky]
G Love Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1962
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Well, that's how people die so.. I'd say you did good.

Idk what goes through people's minds on stuff like that.

#12796698 - 06/18/18 05:00 PM Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky]
scubaarchery Offline

Registered: 02/02/11
Posts: 295
Lewisville is a tough lake for sure. With the right winds it’s a washing machine in a big boat much less a little one. Good job on potentially saving some lives. Every year people die in similar circumstances.

#12797053 - 06/18/18 09:08 PM Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky]
GoFishNow Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
Posts: 1552
Loc: Coppell TX
You are justified in your actions John.

#12797068 - 06/18/18 09:14 PM Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky]
steve_twice Offline

Registered: 08/28/03
Posts: 339
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
You did good, John. Was out in front of Lake Park Sunday morning idling in a 20-foot deck boat and a guy cut right across my bow plowing up a maximum wake (not quite on plane, totally oblivious). The amount of water we took over the bow would have swamped the boat you are describing without a doubt.

#12797424 - 06/19/18 08:53 AM Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky]
sethook23 Offline

Registered: 06/17/09
Posts: 97
You did the right thing man.
Accidents can happen in a split second, there is no time to grab the life jackets.

I always wear one when i am in the water no matter what.

My brother had a friend who went boat fishing by himself one day and never came home, they found his body 5 miles from his boat 14 days later, no life jacket.

Edited by sethook23 (06/19/18 08:54 AM)


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