When 21-year-old Zebulon Tryon and 18-year-old Chris Reuter planned to sail their newly purchased 27-foot boat the 288 miles from Catalina Island to Monterey, CA, they did so with little sailing experience but with the promise of communicating daily to family. They left last Friday, and after failing to check in as promised, their family called the Coast Guard on Sunday to initiate a search.
The Coast Guard had an airplane and two helicopters searching by sunrise on Monday, soon finding the duo and later issuing them three citations in Port San Luis where they must now stay until they get those citations corrected. "They just didn't have the right radios or equipment on board. Their cell phones had died and couldn't be charged so they just didn't have contact with anyone," Petty officer Cory Mendall of the Coast Guard said.
The two sailors were cited for not having a personal flotation device, not having a sound producing device, and not having a visual distress signal.
Scuttlebutt question… is there anything else you would want to cite them for? Perhaps a Darwin Award?
Story source: http://www.ksby.com/Global/story.asp?S=10495611&nav=menu544_1
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