Don’t worry it isn’t our boat.
We woke up this morning and Barry poked his head out of the hatch and looked around and a boat named “Jamaican Fairwell ” that is anchored close to us was in the process of taking on water and sinking.
Barry took action boarded her and started dumping buckets of water into the cockpit (which drains out of the boat). The water was thigh deep. Not knowing how fast the water was leaking into the boat Barry came back to our boat and grabbed our bilge pump and a better bucket and the children and I, and went back over to continue the rescue.
As we are climbing on the sinking boat we kind of chuckled because normally a person would try to avoid getting on a boat that was sinking.
After Barry hooked up the bilge pump and got water flowing out of the boat he left me and the kids and ran over to the nearest marine store and bought a bigger bilge pump, then returned in quick fashion.
A gentle man from a nearby catamaran stopped over to see if we needed help and called the coast guard for us to report the sinking boat. Then shortly after the radio call went out a Sea Tow boat came over to check things out. We had everything under control by this point and Barry found and stopped the leak.
Through out this whole process it was clearly obvious that no one was going to do anything and this boat was going down if something wasn’t done. No one seems to care out here. The boats that are owned, and anchored around us are privately owned, and nobody else’s business. If they sink, they sink, and if you touch them you might be blamed for sinking it.
“Jamaican Fairwell”is a beautiful boat. Nicer then ours and we didn’t have the heart to watch something like that sink. In the end the owner was grateful for our actions.
We also recovered Barry’s lost phone which was damaged. The sim card was still good though and we were able to get a cheap phone to do the job.
We then retrieved a voicemail that was left on Saturday (when the phone was lost) by the Hopsons telling us about a sinking boat. So it seems the “Jamaican Fairwell” has been sinking for a couple days and we were just in time.