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Updated on September 9, 2009

Started out like any other morning, he and his two fishing buddies, with all their gear and high hopes for the catch of the day... as always he checked his boat out, all the equipment , gas, oil, supplies, tools, life jackets, always, as he was a scuba diver also and knew how powerful the ocean waters can be..He always sided on the safer side .

It was a nice sunny calm day as they left the GoldenGate bridge behind them speeding along at the normal speed anticipating the fun they would have, it had been a while,with the lack of work lately and little time for such a get away, when the boat ( a GradyWhite, 25 footer) felt as if something was pulling it from behind and it felt heavy. Didn't take them long to see water rushing in and as they tried to bail it out they came to the known fact it wasn't gonna work.

The ocean has no compassion and you need to think quickly. My son called the Coast Guard and told them exactly what their location was (gps's are great) and he had all the most modern equipment possible for anything that might happen. He fished out his paperwork and made another call, the second one and had his flair gun on the ready, he could see the shore line and other fishermen were out there also, so he was feeling pretty sure they would make it.

They clung to the boat in the cold waters, all with their life preservers on, waiting, waiting and really lost track of time, but seemed the Coast guard boat arrived quickly and pulled all three of them out and on board the Cutter...One of the men wasn't even wet and had his cell phone in his pocket, but never the less all were in shock and went through a medical exam...

Coast Guard's men said they had never ever seen a GradyWhite sink and immediately called the Insurance Company and the Salvage company. although the first one was busy they had to call a second, by the time they arrived on the water scene my son's boat had been beaten against the rocks and fell apart, but what they salvaged all looked ok, so it is under investigation...

Theories have run through all our minds, maybe a chain caught his motor's propeller, maybe it hooked onto another commercial fishermens crabpot or netting full of big fish, maybe a sub-marine was under there? maybe a giant creature grabbed hold, whatever it was we may never know for sure, but what we do know is they are all safe and home and their Guardian Angels were all there.

I thank God every minute since this Friday 9-4-09 that he was saved, as well as his buddies, the boat can be replaced but not the three men that were aboard the boat that day. My son has decided NOT to replace it and I hope he doesn't scuba dive any more either...


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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanks Angel,,He did Bless us that day for sure...:O) Hugs

    • Raven King profile image

      Raven King 

      8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Wow! Incredible story! Many, many HUGS! and God Bless.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      No they will be gone 10 days hun...:O) Hugs MOM

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      9 years ago from Northern California


      That is so scary. I emailed them, but no reply. Are they back yet?

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines


      yep I know this story's true so i thank you for sharing. your stories, fiction or not are always there to inspire.

      LOL okay, it's here:

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Cris A..Ok I give up...where and how do I find what you said is waiting for me in the Forum's...I don't go there much :O)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Cris A..sweetie this one is actually true...and really happened as I told it...and what??? on the forum's??ok I will try..Love ya to death...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines


      Your stories have always been uplifting and inspiring and this is no different! I offer a toast for the happy ending (*wink*)

      Btw, congratulations on the 500 fans! And something's waiting for you on the Forums :D

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      tHANK YOU crayonbrain...very much my dear...:O) Hugs G-Ma

    • crayonbrains profile image


      9 years ago from The World Is Mine !

      May God bless you and your son G-Ma!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free may be right son said it felt like someone/thing pulling from behind, or that his boat became very heavy...who knows we haven't gotten the report yet, well I haven't anyway. Thanks sweetie for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma

    • lxxy profile image


      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      G-Ma, glad everything turned out fine in the end too!

      It's amazing how quickly a great day can turn into not-so-fun on the high seas. Of course, I'm going to have to blame ghost pirates for this.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Jess...Thank you and it is true just happened to my son about a week ago now... Bless you :O) Hugs G-Ma

    • Jess Killmenow profile image

      Jess Killmenow 

      9 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      What a scary story! So glad no one was hurt. thank you, G-Ma!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thank You dave am I...:O) Hugs

    • dave272727 profile image


      9 years ago from Kentucky

      WOW! Very powerful story. Makes you believe and give thanks to a higher power. I am glad that they all made it home safe.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      DeBorrah...Yes the angels were there and Thanks for your comment. :O) Hugs

      Philipo...Your are welcome...thanks for stopping by..:O) Hugs

      VioletSun...Yes it was so frightful, but men seem to be tough...He so loves the water too...:O) Hugs

      Tatjana...Yes but this was the safest boat around (Hummm)all boats in the Ocean are vulnerable to it's Mighty Power...Thanks sweetie...:O) Hugs

      Feline...Yes and even more so when you think about all that could have happened...:O) Hugs

      Alissa...Yes I do Thank God everyday,My first born was saved...:O) hugs

      R.Burow...Thank you my dear, as I am also Happy I am able to be writing about it...not going to a funeral...:O) Hugs

      Jaspal...Cute poem my dear...and Thanks...he is safe...:O) Hugs

      Ginn...Yes you are right, it does happen and I am thankful for that...:O) Hugs

      Freida...LOL so you liked the title hey? good and yes actually I am glad i didn't know during the time he was trying to save his life and his buddies...and very Thankful their guardian Angels were all there for them...:O) Hugs was a good fishing story wasn't it? I should do one about this event huh? and I an also glad all were ok...they can't be replaced...:O) Hugs

      no body...Yes you are so right...I am Blessed with all of you here also and I do so appreciate each one of you...THANK YOU so much and my prayers to all...:O) Hugs X2

      Triplet...yes it was amazing for sure...the waters out from the bridge are rough..been there done that...:O) Hugs

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      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Wow what a story G-ma!! Amazing!

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      Robert E Smith 

      9 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Wow what a blessing. You really are a blessed woman. Thank God for what He has done in your life. hugs over and over.

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      And I thought this was going to be a good fishing story. I am glad everyone is okay, and I am sorry for the boat. And you being scared.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Now this is terrifying. Aren't you glad you didn't know "while" it was happening? How truly lucky they were. The relief you must have felt. Phewf! Excellent title, by the way, G-ma.

    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 

      9 years ago

      Thanks, a great true story with a happy ending.

    • Jaspal profile image


      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great story G-Ma!

      Rub a dub dub

      Three men in a tub

      All's well

      That ends well

      And gets us a good hub!

    • R Burow profile image

      R Burow 

      9 years ago from Florida, United States


      Happy that all are well.

    • Alissa1985 profile image


      9 years ago from Arkansas

      Thank God everyone ended up safe. Thank you for sharing!

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      How nerve wracking!!

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image


      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I am so glad because of happy end. Plastic boats people have today are so vurnerable and can be really dangerous (woodden ones were better and more stable).

      Many regards to you and to your son.

      Hugs and love.

    • VioletSun profile image


      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thank God your son and his buddies are safe! A close call like that is bound to have an impact on the men.

    • Philipo profile image


      9 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice one. Thanks for sharing.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      G-Ma Johnson,

      Thank you for sharing this touching story! Thank God for His guardian angels what a blessings that they all are safe!


    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      THANKS!!!! Jackwms Candie V Pachuca213

      And most of all Thank God...:O) Hugs

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      wow..that is quite a scary story. I am glad everyone came out of it ok. thanks for sharing!

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Oh My Gosh G-Ma!! We were so hoping this was the ending!! You never did fill us in! Thank God!! Boats are replaceable. I'm so thrilled your boy is safe!

    • Jackwms profile image


      9 years ago

      That's quite a story. I'm glad it had a happy ending.


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