Re: Delta Today - Very Interesting...


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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2009-09-23 16:11:05 in reply to Re: Delta Today - Very Interesting... posted by KD on 2009-09-23 13:43:39

KD,

Captain JC was a good friend. I helped him with his studies to get his Captain's ticket. I loaned him my study books/guides and my Nav tools. I got those tools from Captain Bud Wilson. Those tools were lucky and helped all three of use pass the 100 ton Masters test and get our towing endorsement too.

I didn't know he had been killed until a last Sunday when David Riggs told me about it after I asked about JC. I was stunned and my sense of unnecessary loss was profound. My heart was broken for his wife, family and friends.

Captain JC was one of the good guys on all counts.

When the Coast Guard called my back on my cell later in the day, I was running Washington cut. I asked the caller to hold on until I motored off the main channel, behind an Island out of the way before talking with him. Better than 90% of boating accidents are because of pilot distractions. It only takes a second to become a statistic.

Be safe out there and watch the other guy too.

Dan



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