my friends and i decided to take the kids fishing that morning at the local park lake. ive run boats here before without issue. i thought, ok, great, ill take the LA out for a few laps. everything was great, she was running a bit better now that i stabilized her with more weight and more foam. left turn, right turn...good. a quick little nose dive here and there...good. empty the ballast and run at submerged trim...good.
full dive one...good. full dive two, good. full dive three.....um...where the **** is my boat?
ill tell you where it is...sitting somewhere at the bottom of a 20 ft deep lake, thats where. however, the area where it vanished is in the 7-10 foot range. no idea what went wrong. all i can assume is she had a run in with some fishing line that didnt agree with her, got tangled with dive planes down and went right to the bottom. deep enough that not even the blowing of the propel tank after the subsafe kicked in was enough to bring her up.
my buddy and i spent 3 hours diving for the thing, but to no avail. we had no masks or lights. not much we could do. see below...
i went back home and grabbed a 14' tree trimming pole, arranged a large hook on the end, went back up and started dragging the bottom where i last saw her.
then a man walked by with his wife, and like so many before him inquired as to what the hell i was doing. i explained, and he pulled out his id card. city police. oh ****, now im in trouble.
actually, not so much. hes a city diver. to make this already long story short, after a few minutes of price negotiation, he ran home, charged up his gear, and returned to the lake at 8:30 pm. the sun was down, but he brought diving lights and such.
this poor guy....hes 53, and by the time he came back up was sick as a dog. i mean really sick. we clocked him at 2 hours, 10 mins under the water. he searched a wide area. and got the tar scared out of him when the fireworks started about a thousand feet away from us.
he wasnt able to find it. but hes returning for more dive time in a few days.
my brother-in-law (ssbn628, 1981-85) and i searched the next morning with a marine video camera and portable monitor he grabbed from his VFD. we boated out to the the area, but still couldnt find anything.