The boat didn't need to sink. I, with the help of my friend Joe pulled two of the three out of the water. From the time I heard the mayday call and realized it was them was only a minute I would guess. We yanked everything in and flew I'd guess half a mile or so to the scene. When we pulled up she was capsized stern down, just a foot or so of the bow exposed. Everything floatable was floating, including the three people on board. None of which had life vests on. We got one gentleman, and his daughter. I'd guess 65 and 35 years old. Another boat got the third, also a man about mid 60's. I don't know exactly how long they were in, but the older guy was exhausted and seemed almost in shock.We talked with the watercraft officer at Turtle Creek this morning while he was inspecting the boat. He said they were all OK. They believe the boat took on water because of a loose or otherwise improperly installed bilge plug. It never totally sank and was pulled out by a tow boat. The boat had been in the water in the dock for several days without a problem but they speculate that the plug came out with the stress of handling those 4 footers on the way out yesterday. This is all second hand but that's what he said.
My buddy Jim and I were discussing that on Saturday. Some fellas he works with feel a cell phone is adequate. In this case, a cell phone would have been useless.If these folks did not have a radio and could not have called out "mayday" it probably would have been much worse for them.