Boat beached on Alki: Waiting for the tide to come in


Fog and low tide don’t mix very well. Just ask the two guys who are sitting in that powerboat right now, waiting for the tide to come back in so they can get back out on the water. Thanks to the person who called to let us know about this; we walked out to ask the stranded boaters if they’re OK, they said yes, “we just got lost” while heading out on the first day of crab season (not-yet-deployed baskets were stacked in their boat). Onlookers (like the person standing by the boat’s stern) are also checking on them; meanwhile, ferry foghorns are sounding just offshore, and it looks like the fog’s pulling back. (The tide bottomed out about 20 minutes ago, so they shouldn’t be stuck too much longer. Tomorrow at 11:39 am, by the way, the tide’s almost as low as the mega-low tide in early June, so boaters – and tidewalkers! – take note.)

7 Replies to "Boat beached on Alki: Waiting for the tide to come in"

  • OP July 2, 2008 (11:58 am)

    Captain Sig from “Deadliest Catch” he is not.

  • M July 2, 2008 (12:13 pm)

    Should probably throw out an anchor and hope the ferry wake doesn’t come upon him when the water gets to him

  • Vanessa July 2, 2008 (12:15 pm)

    …”Honey, I’m going to be a little late for dinner tonight.”

  • Erik July 2, 2008 (12:39 pm)

    That’s what that little depth-sounder gadget and compass are for.

  • Paul July 2, 2008 (1:30 pm)

    Good thing the oil companies are not looking for captains….

  • Scott July 2, 2008 (5:44 pm)

    Need deeper water for bigger crabs!

  • Wombat July 2, 2008 (8:46 pm)

    Boating isn’t for eveyone…the final USCG report for this incident will state “Global Warming was a contributing factor.”

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