The absolute need for adequate boating safety equipment such as life vests was driven home over the weekend off Marco Island.
Six fishermen found themselves tossed against the rocks at Caxambas Pass and capsizing — barely three hours after their 22-foot boat was inspected by state and Marco Island officials for safety and told to get some additional safety gear before heading out.
If the boatload of Golden Gate Estates residents had been further out and further removed from fellow boaters who so eagerly swarmed to their rescue on Sunday, they could have been in worse shape than just wet and inconvenienced.
It goes to show how quickly the fates can change on the water — even if you are following all the rules.
In their case, the anchor came loose and the waves took them to the rocks.
As one rescue agency official put it, "It just turned out to be a bad day for the boat."
The water demands respect.
Stuff happens — by land and by sea.