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Friday, June 30, 2006

Boater rescued twice in the same spot

Associated Press
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - For Barry Glinton, apparently lightning does strike twice in the same place. Glinton and three fishing buddies were rescued Wednesday evening after his 20-foot powerboat started taking on water about a mile off Boynton Beach, authorities said.

He was rescued from the same spot - by the same people - two years ago.

Glinton said his boat was hit by a wave that crashed over the stern Wednesday night. He called the U.S. Coast Guard from his cell phone. He did not have a GPS system or a VHF radio, so it took rescue crews a bit longer to locate him.

The men chatted as two officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission towed Glinton's boat to shore.

When Lt. John Reed mentioned that he and officer Paul Alber had made a similar rescue in the same spot once before, Glinton responded, "That was me."

"This gentleman got very lucky twice, but it doesn't look like he learned his lesson about boating safety after the first incident," Alber said. "Boaters should make sure their boats are in proper working order, that they have a VHF radio, a GPS system. It's just common sense."

Authorities said Glinton's boat was located within an hour, but only because it was a clear day on the water. Link

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