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After family capsizes in Chesapeake Bay,
brother swims 5 hours to get help

Washington Post, by Michael E. Ruane

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Posted By:FlyRight, 7/13/2013 2:27:30 PM

The family had been in the water a while, clinging to the overturned boat called the Bathtub. The children were cold and crying. The waves were rough, and the mess of croaker they had caught had gone to the bottom, along with their cellphones.Suddenly, they spotted a northbound barge a couple of hundred yards away. The adults boosted a 9-year-old onto the hull of the upturned boat and had her wave her hands. But the barge didn’t see them, and it glided way into the distance.This was about dusk Tuesday, and the Chesapeake Bay ordeal of Contessa Riggs, 43,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: provide, 7/13/2013 2:41:55 PM     (No. 9422024)

Sure beats Ted Kennedy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: snapper451, 7/13/2013 3:05:59 PM     (No. 9422037)

Nice to see someone do something heroic and not be focused on being a victim. What a great story.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: killerbee, 7/13/2013 3:56:31 PM     (No. 9422069)

Great story. How terrifying. It took him so long they must have thought he´d died before reaching anyone.

Nice to see a happy ending for a change.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: RIsailor, 7/13/2013 4:07:47 PM     (No. 9422078)

Great story of heroic swim...but...it sounds like the should not have brought small children out on the water in what appears to be an unseaworthy boat. They called it the "bathtub" for reason.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/13/2013 5:33:24 PM     (No. 9422141)

I am so glad they all survived, but I wonder if the Rigg´s occupation of commercial fishermen made them overly confident with children aboard.

My uncle took us out on his little boat when we were children, and we kids always had to wear life jackets. The children, at least, should have had life jackets on from the moment they left the dock.



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