Marlin Sinks Boat…

Not really, but this is clear example of what can happen when bad decisions are made in pressure situations.

While it would be fun to say that nature won this round, it was purely skipper error that resulted in the capsizing of this boat off the Panamanian coast.

The story, from February 2013, goes as follows:

Hooked Up: Fishermen off Panama's coast had just hooked a massive marlin;  seen splashing behind them when things took a turn for the worst.
Hooked Up: Fishermen off Panama’s coast had just hooked a massive marlin; seen splashing behind them when things took a turn for the worst.
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Keep your footing: The skipper is said to have slipped while putting the boat into reverse to back down on the fish and consequently hit the throttle into full reverse and take on water.
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Tug of war: The marlin is easily seen breaching as the crew becomes frantic to save their sinking boat.
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Head’s up: Both the boat and the marlin’s nose are seen in the air now as the boat rocks into the swarming waves.
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Clinging on: A crew member is seen clutching onto the gunnels while another appears to be swimming as the Marlin continues to fight!
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Point of no return…
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The Marlin on his victory lap 🙂

 

From the report in the dailymail.co.uk:

“It was allegedly a captain’s error that submerged the ship following a rogue wave that knocked him off balance, the source wrote with Marlin Magazine’s photo of the incident on their Facebook wall.

The manufacturer was quick to defend the ship’s strength and performance writing that the boat has previously captured ‘hundreds of Marlin without issue or concern.’

‘Direct from Panama I was told that the sea conditions were not as calm as they seem to be in the pictures and the Captain was an experienced Captain,’ they wrote.

The captain is said to have slipped while putting the boat in reverse or, backing down on the fish, to help reel it in.

That mistake by the ship’s turbulence caused him to allegedly hit the throttle into full reverse causing the boat to abruptly lurch backwards and take on water.

‘You can see how this might happen as you know when fighting a fish the Captain is facing aft with his hand on the throttles and when slipped the last thing your hand is holding onto is the throttle controls,’ they wrote.

No one was said to have been hurt and all were rescued by the boat photographing the incident.

Sadly for the boat, it’s said to have sunk to the bottom and the fish – who made a visible skip across the waves long after the boat was gone – may forever be known simply as ‘the one that got away.’ “

One thought on “Marlin Sinks Boat…”

  1. gabrielbizeau says:

    Wow! That could have turn ugly! Badass Marlin though!

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