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on Saturday April 23, 2016 at around 4:30 pm myself along with family and friends were fishing about 12 miles out of south pass when we herd a distress call from the charter vessel Strike Zone. They were taking on water and needed help. let me first say that we are fairly new in the world of offshore fishing but new he was coming in so clearly that he had to be close. next we heard the supply vessel Roman Eli responding but he was about 20 minutes from him. we received the location pulled in our lines and quickly headed to them. At the time of the distress call we were fishing next to at least 7 other boats many of them charter boats from cypress cove and venice marina I know there radios were on because we could here them and they knew where they were. It disturbed all of us that not one of them quit fishing and responded. Roman Eli tied the Strike Zone to their port side and began pumping . Our boat Family Therapy took the 6 passengers and gear on board and returned them safely to Cypress Cove.

See 9 people rescued from sinking boat near South Pass NOLA.com
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I think those that were indifferent to the other vessel and persons plight on the open seas are the worst of scum.
May they die a very hard death.
You sir, I applaud! Kudos!

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/46/2304
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Death is to easy. Hit em where it hurts, in the wallet. An investigation should be conducted and licenses should be suspended or revoked. Leaving someone the marsh is inexcusable , but 50 miles offshore, well there's no word to describe that.
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   TurtleNO
I hope you took a pic of the vessels or remember the names of the boats and report them to the Coast Guard. That is absolutely PATHETIC.
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   Capt. Don
I want to start this response by saying thank you very much to the captain and crew of Family Therapy for assisting the Strike Zone Too, I was the captain aboard the Strike Zone that day. I have been trying to get your name and contact info to thank you. Please pm me your info I would like to thank you and express my gratitude in person. Second of all the lack of response from my fellow charter captains was absolutely disgusting and I am really shocked, like he said they all heard me because they were talking to each other on the radio before, after and between my distress calls, and they all know who they are. But that just shows you what kind of people they are where there priorities lie, money over helping another human being in a desperate time of need. I know several of the guys who did not respond and have been contemplating on how to aproach them about the situation since it happened. I was minutes from sinking until the Roman Eli and Family Therapy came to assist me, I had 4 teenage boys and 2 adults on my vessel not counting my crew and to think these guys would sit by and watch these kids lifes get put in jeopardy just to catch a tuna fish. If you hear a distress call and you are close please take the time to assist them, you could be the difference between life or death. Once again, thank you Family Therapy from me and my crew its ashamed everyone on the water is not as decent as you and the crew of the Roman Eli.
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I can't even imagine how a fellow charter captain would not do anything humanly possible to help someone that is sinking offshore with people on board.

I don't know the best way to handle such a situation but I do believe all of LA sportsman should know who these captains are. Some people pay good money to these charters and put their trust in them on a trip. It should be public knowledge to help people make a decision when choosing a charter captain.
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   CCAguns
I understood the code of the sea was that you were obligated to help anyone in distress. Their captain's licenses should be pulled. This is unbelievable! Once again, Kudos to the rescuers!!
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Barrycoco, You should get a medal for what you did for your fellow fisherman, I for one am very proud of you! If you sink in that part of the Gulf it could very well be a life or death situation due to the exceptional high population of Sharks at the mouth of the river. A distress call in the Gulf of Mexico should be taken with the highest priority by all vessels in the area.
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It would be nice for the public to know the names of the charter captains that didnt assist that day.a boycott for those vessels will get the point across.
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   rocknet
Congrats for assisting a fellow marina in extreme need....my hat is off to you sir! I am glad all were safe and OK. Captain of the Strike Zone... was just wondering... was you able to determine the reason for the water coming in?
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Hats off to Capt Don as well. I can't imagine the stress you were experiencing with your customers lives at stake.
I know there are a lot of thankful family members to all who stepped up.
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Really? Can't imagine that. There has got to be some sort of explanation.
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