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Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday #12796580
06/18/18 08:59 PM
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johnnlucky Offline OP
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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.


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Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky] #12796593
06/18/18 09:05 PM
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Good on ya man


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Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky] #12796692
06/18/18 09:54 PM
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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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Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky] #12796695
06/18/18 09:56 PM
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Well, that's how people die so.. I'd say you did good.

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


Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky] #12796698
06/18/18 10:00 PM
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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.

Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky] #12797053
06/19/18 02:08 AM
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You are justified in your actions John.


Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky] #12797068
06/19/18 02:14 AM
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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.

Re: Kids under 5 with no life jackets Sunday [Re: johnnlucky] #12797424
06/19/18 01:53 PM
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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.

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